J.K. Rowling

Reading's Gentle Pied Piper

Kids don't much care about such things, but legions of adult Harry Potter fans are annoyed that author J.K. Rowling is dismissed by the world's literary gatekeepers, maybe because she happens to be the highest paid author ever and because she writes books that children love. But no one need worry that this rather quiet, funny, passionate writer won't get her due. Even as Rowling maintains her reclusive lifestyle, writing her sixth Potter book while her baby sleeps, her power has become too great to ignore. You can measure it in the numbers--254 million books sold in 61 languages in 200...

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