J. K. Rowling is considered one of the most noteworthy young adult fiction authors of this generation. The Harry Potter series, which led to Rowling’s worldwide fame, has sold hundreds of millions of copies, making it the most successful book series of all time.
In 1965, Rowling was born in the town of Yate, England. Her childhood wasn’t easy, as her mother was often ill, and her family wasn’t rich. Her mother Anne passed away after several years of battling a serious illness. At the time Rowling was already writing the first of the Harry Potter books.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was the title of the first book, and it gotpublished in 1997. Later on in 1999, the next two books in the series were published, and the three books shortly became bestsellers. The fourth book in the series sold more quickly than any other book in history!
The last volume, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was divided into two books. Like the books before, these two books sold like hotcakes. Of all the women in the UK, Rowling is ranked 13th in terms of wealth. Rowling has written other pieces of fiction as well, but they haven’t been nearly as popular.Nevertheless, she’s still considered a fantastic author.
1. noteworthy (adj.) interesting and significant值得注意的
Listed below are the top ten most noteworthy business leaders of 2012.
2. generation (n) all of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively 世代，（一）代人
This generation is very different from the previous one.
3. battle (v) to fight to achieve or resist something 戰鬥，鬥爭
Mrs. Parks has been battling cancer for ten years.
4. publish (v) to prepare and issue (a book, journal, piece of music, or other work) for public sale出版，發行
This nonfiction book was published three years ago.
5. rank (v) give (someone or something) a rank or place within a grading system 等級/排名
Edgar Huang was ranked the second best model in all of Asia.
6. nevertheless (adverb) despite that儘管如此（條件子句）
It was raining heavily. Nevertheless, we went outside to play baseball.
Phrases and Sentence Patterns句型解析
1. lead to (phrasal verb) to begin a process that causes something to happen 導致，造成
The bad food led to Tom’s diarrhea.
2. pass away (phrasal verb) to die過世
Megan was really sad after her boyfriend passed away.
3. sell like hotcakes (idiom) to be sold very fast (像剛出爐的蛋糕一樣)搶手
I think these T-shirts are going to sell like hotcakes!
4. in terms of (phrase) with regard to (片語) 就…而言
You may not like this restaurant, but it’s fantastic in terms of quality.
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