Letter from the Editor.


For those of you whose journey with Harry Potter is now complete, I offer my sympathies. I remember as a child finishing the Lord of the Rings and being reluctant to pick up another book. I enjoyed the trilogy so much that I thought, "What's the use? What I really want to read is more Lord of the Rings. But there isn't any more ... and nothing else will ever be as good." And then along came Dune by Frank Herbert. There was hope!

I feared my two boys would face the same dilemma this summer, after we finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone together. J. K. Rowling was firing on all cylinders, touching on every archetype: orphaned boy destined for greatness, the trials and tribulations of school, sports, magic, friendship, good versus evil, and so forth. Once you've had all that, can you return to a quieter story? Fortunately, yes. On a long car ride, I tried an audiobook with them. Instead of Harry Potter, I chose The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White. Wouldn't you know, they loved that, too. After every stop, we returned to the car with shouts of "Swan! Swan!" Now I'm reading George Selden's The Cricket in Times Square to them. There is balance in the world--and certainly life after Harry.

Back in Issue 5 of Bookmarks (July/August 2003), we published a reading list called "Beyond Harry Potter" for those who had just finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and didn't know what to do with themselves for the next two years until Book 6 came out. That issue is long sold out, but we've made that...

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