Nam Ko Ko itibaren Malu Alb, Romanya
I originally read this book in July of 2009 and have read it twice since, most recently aloud to my children (of whom I've been waiting for the right moment to finally share these wonderful stories). Though it is not my favorite book of the series, I find JK Rowling's writing of this novel to be genius. The amount of planning it took for her to write this with the foresight that much of it's contents will become important information for the novels to follow is an ability that is nothing short of a gift. Her attention to detail and character development is unmatched by any other author I have read. This story not only draws you in and makes you want to rapidly turn the pages to find out what happens next, but is the foundation (along with Sorcerer's Stone) to the amazing tale that unwinds in the 5 books to follow. I must add that my kids were begging me to keep reading this book on our road trip. They, like me the first time I read it, could not wait to find out how the plot unfolded.