Reading Comprehension Quiz 2

J.K. Rowling’s first work in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone had a very humble emergence into the wide world. It was published on June 30th, 1997 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, a modest English publishing house which endeavoured to print it in only 500 copies. It seemed that the book would attract young male readers, for which reason the author’s name was not disclosed but put in initials, as it was judged that a female author would not be credible enough for them. More than half of books were distributed to libraries, and a word-of-mouth marketing strategy had been planned for its promotion. The first publication’s signed copies are now being sold on the internet from USD 7,000 to 40,000. Initial reviews were affirmative and in the same year, the book won a UK National Book Award. It soon found its place in the children’s hearts, who voted for it so the book won three consecutive Smarties’ Prize in the Nestle Smarties Book Prize competition.


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