As a bookstore manager, I was able to read an advance copy of this book, and I have to say that I was instantly blown away. The story was epic and yet personal; there was a whole hidden world (one of my favorite fantasy tropes) and it was about destiny and choice and the balance between them. It balanced neglect and love, and allowed us to cheer for a young, abused boy as he discovers that he is far from invisible. My favorite book in the series is actually Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince, but I never would have been able to read that if I hadn’t read Sorcerer’s Stone, which truly ensorcelled me. It also means a new generation of readers passed through my bookstore to celebrate release days, dress in costume, and explore imagination in a whole new way.