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[Susan notes: I love this letter. It is superb.]

Submitted to Washington Post but not published
12/22/2004

To the editor

Prepublication sales of the next Harry Potter book are gigantic (J. K. Rowling finishes sixth Potter book," December 21). Amazon has already had over a million orders, even though the book will not be published for seven months. This should put to rest any suggestion that children are no longer interested in reading, and that we need to give them pizza, gold stars, or money to entice them to read.

Stephen Krashen


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