Poor Henry. It’s not enough that his mother has sent him away from home to learn magic. It’s not enough that everyone at his new school calls him Thornmallow because he’s “prickly on the outside, squishy within.” It’s not enough that the only talent he shows at Wizard’s Hall is an ability to make messes of even the simplest spells. Now, when Wizard’s Hall is threatened by...more
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Harry Potter: Hello! My name is Harry Potter!
Thornmallow: Hello! My name is Thornmallow!
Both: I’m an eleven-year-old boy who journeys to a magical school for witches and wizards, filled with moving portraits and curses and teenagers in long black robes and wise old men! I have to defend my classmates ...more
It was not. It was also not good. Yes, I know that it's a kids' book, and I'm in no way claiming that kids couldn't possibly enjoy it. But that's not what makes Harry Potte ...more
A book that tells the story of a boy wizard succeeding against all odds might sound a bit familiar to you, but Wizard's Hall came long before Harry Potter was ever a twinkle in Voldemort's eye. Told in charming voice reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones, this quick read is full of dry humor and is a must for ...more
It follows a little boy named Henry whose mother abruptly sends him away to a wizard's school without any warning or preparation. When Henry arrives, he is promptly given a new name and it sent off to his ...more
It was simple and fun and quick. It's said that Harry Potter is similar to this book (which came first), but I only see it in a very superficial way.
This is a great book about being ordinary and why that's okay. Everyone has their own special skills and all we can do is just try and not give up. Try your best and that's all that can be asked and really that's all anyone needs. Hen ...more
Yes, the Harry Potter thing. So, I think Yolen is an excellent writer, and I agree that J.K. Rowling was influenced a LOT (too much?) by this book. But I feel they are practically different genres -- this one reads more like a fable, and delightfully so. The HP books are more character dramas, with the magic stuff as a fun almost unimportant background.
Author: Jane Yolen
I thought the book was OK.
It was kinda confusing, too many Magisters with complicated names and too many characters.
There was a confusing storyline and I got confused a lot in certain parts of the story.
My favorite part was when he first went to Wizards Hall and he got a new name. He was like "My name is Henry, my ma gave it to me". And the people there were like "NOPE. Your new name is Thornmallow". That was kinda funny. There ...more
As much as I love a certain series about another boy who turns out to be a wizard, I'm absolutely convinced JY got robbed. I admire her tremendously. She's the only person to whom I've ever written a fan le ...more
Henry is a boy with a mother who wants him to be a wizard. Harry goes to a hidden wizard's school that is under attack by dark forces. Sound familiar? While the two books are very similar in some ways, the writing styles of the two authors is evident. Also, this book was written as a one one-shot deal, not the beginning of a series.
For kids who struggle wi ...more
I really hate comparing similar books to other simi ...more
A young boy decides he wants to be a wizard and his mother pushes him to go that day and so he does. He gets to the school and is re-named Thornmallow for being prickly on the outside and squishy within. He discovers he is not that great at magic but he is needed because there is an evil that is attacking the school. Can he and his friends discover the right spell to save the school?
Fast, wonderful, and teaches you about the important things i ...more
And he tries to learn magic. He tries his best at everything. But he doesn't think he can be a wizard. And when Thornmallow finds out that Wizard's Hall needs him, he decides to try his best.
Thornmallow was a fairly likable character. He doubted himself quite a bit and pretty much always did what he was told. His friends were a ...more
Henry/Thormallow wanders into Wizard Hall at just the right moment to do...something. If only he knew what that something was. He figures it out eventually (towards the end of the book - surprise, surprise!), and when he does, he manages to do something truly heroic in scale, just by trying.
And that's probably what got me to like this story. It wasn't the setting (a bit narrow), the plot (a bit thin), o ...more
I agree that it's possible that Rowling took ideas from this story to create her Harry Potter series, but I don't think that that is a big deal because the similarities were slight.
However, if you want to read something that Rowling DEFINITELY stole from, read Groosham Grange by Anthony Horowitz. It was written back in the 80s, nine years before Harry Potter. There is absolutely no way that the similarities between Harry Potter an ...more
Reading the comments about the similarities between this book and Harry Potter---yes, they are remarkably similar. My personal opi ...more