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on Sunday, 22 July 2007 in Uncategorized

A reader has emailed to ask my feelings about the Harry Potter phenomenon. I feel very out of that particular loop...have not read a single one of the books, not seen a single movie. During the past two weeks I got calls from a lot of media, including ABC News, wanting a statement from me regarding HP...but I couldn't reply except in a general way. Certainly the whole thing has been wonderful for the world of books and kids. It got kids reading, and talking about what they were reading, and looking forward to more reading...and three cheers for that.

I feel kind of sorry for J.K. Rowling, though, because she lost any vestige of privacy she ever had, and I don't know if she'll ever get it back. Anonymity is something writers savor, I think. No matter how popular a writer is, he/she can walk down the street and not be mobbed or photographed or intruded upon. But not so, I fear, for Rowling. The books made a celebrity of her and that part of it must be awful. I hope she can get her life back now.

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Jane Squires Monday, 29 November 1999

I have never been to San Francisco but did get to San Diego when I lived in Arizona. I would give anything right now to leave all this ice behind and picnic in the winter time again in Arizona. I enjoyed your blog and wanted you to know you had a visitor. I am 57 and live in rural Missouri.

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Hilary Bernal Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello. My name is Hilary, I recently read your book The Giver as a class assignment in my 10th grade English. Admittedly I took the book and read ahead, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the book so very much! I hoped there was a movie to go along with it but sadly there wasn't. I looked up your name and found this site. I plan on reading more of your works and hopefully The Giver will be turned into a movie. Which I promise to own. I hated that the story had to end. Your a very talented writer and I found your book very inspirational. I hope to some day be as good at writing as you are.
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