From the New York Times (Manhattan: Reading by J. K. Rowling
By JENNIFER MEDINA,Published: September 6, 2007):
The author J. K. Rowling will read to hundreds of New York City students at Carnegie Hall next month, the New York City schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, and Richard Robinson, the president of Scholastic, which publishes the Harry Potter books in the United States, announced yesterday. The city’s school administrators chose 40 schools to take part in the event on Oct. 19 on the basis of test scores, picking schools that had showed the most improvement in a single year on standardized reading test scores. Principals at each school will choose 40 students to hear Ms. Rowling read from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and answer questions about the series before signing books for each of the children. Scholastic will also donate 5,000 copies of the first Harry Potter book to the city schools.
(Pity the selection had to be on the basis of test scores.)