2000 Nēnē Award Essay Contest Winners

If I met J.K. Rowling, author of the 2000 Nēnē Award Winner
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
I would tell her . . .

Fourth Grade
Lauren Chai
Lunalilo Elementary School

Fifth Grade
Suzanne Hodges
Hickam Elementary School

Sixth Grade
Coleen Farrell
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School


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Fourth Grade Winner
Lauren Chai, Lunalilo Elementary School

When my dad gave me two Harry Potter books for my birthday, I just started reading and couldn't stop! It was so exciting! My dad is going to get me the third and fourth book. This book encourages me and teaches me. At first, to be honest with you, I did not know what the word "sorcerer" meant. As I read, I learned and knew by then that it meant like a wizard. Also, I found out by asking my aunty. It made me want to ask her.

This book is very special to me. The book was daring, funny, scary, exciting and magical. All five of that in one story! This book allows me to read more and more books. Now I really enjoy reading! Thanks, J.K. Rowling, for your wonderful books!

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Fifth Grade Winner
Suzanne Hodges, Hickam Elementary School

If I met J.K. Rowling, author of the 2000 Nēnē Award winner, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I would first, shake her hand and say, "It's a pleasure to make your acquaintance," so as not to be rude. I would tell her how much the Harry Potter books have changed my life. I began reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone early one Saturday morning. I couldn't wait to get a start on it! I even brough it to my karate class! I even once got in trouble for spilling salsa on my lap while reading it during dinner. In school, I got in trouble for reading it while a parent volunteer was reading aloud to the class. I really wanted to finish this book.

I would ask her how could she be so creative. Names like Hagrid, or Albus Dumbledore, plots like Harry going through the chess and potions obstacles, or the Mirror of Erised, and villains like Voldemort (Or you-know-who). My favorites are the candies like Bertie Bott's every flavored beans (potato chip, pepper, etc.) and sugar quills.

How does she give Harry Potter his special charm? When you read Mrs. Rowling's books, you feel like Harry Potter is pulling you into the book, like he's almost real. harry Potter books are also really good for kids who have lost someone, or are troubled, because it's like being in a whole other world when you read her books, where you can just leave all your worries and troubles behind.

After this conversation (she would probably be sleeping by now!), I would simply say, "Thank you for the conversation, and let's do lunch sometime!"

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Sixth Grade Winner
Coleen Farrell, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

If I met J.K. Rowling, author of the 2000 Nēnē Award winner, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, I would tell her ... You have all the qualifications of a good children's book author. You have children of your own so you can write at their interpretation level. The words in your book are not big. You do not make your book confusing. You make reading fun.

I have a few questions. Why did Voldermort want to kill Harry's parents? Why are Muggles afraid of wizards? Who are Harry's other relatives? How long do most Wizards live? How many years are there at Hogwarts? Do they learn math, science, spelling, and social studies?

Out of all the characters, two are my favorites, Hermione and Harry. Harry is brave, smart, nice, quick thinking, and selfless. Hermione is smart, logical, and good at solving problems.

There are some interesting things about this book. It is interesting how Harry got treated. I thought that a platform called 9 3/4 was neat. There are also a lot of different charms and spells.

This book made me realize how mean people can be to people who are different from them. No one should be treated so unfairly.

I love your books a lot. Your books are exciting and interesting because they contain magic. I like these books more than other magic books because the main characters are not wizards with pointy hats with stars on them. Nor are they wizards with a robe and gray beard. They are ordinary humans who have magical powers.

These books have the heart of adventure in them. The characters fly on broomsticks and play magical sports. They forget things and make mistakes.

The story behind this book is amazing and touching. You're a very talented woman and your hard work is appreciated. Thank you.

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