I'll have to check on that, but one of the key things is that Harry Potter is huge in the States, whereas dad has taken a while to really get going there and it's only in the last couple of years with books like Maurice and Wee Free Men that things have started to pick up.

I wouldn't call that a big achievement for J.K. Rowling, Leather_Raven.
IMHO, everything with a bit of advertizing can sell in America.
I have a suspicion about Harry Potter, though.
Imagine this-
A single elementary school teacher on welfare writes a book. A year later, her character becomes a cult symbol and she writes another book. Soon the market is overrun with her books and related merchandize. A movie giant has a nice share of it all...
HOW can this happen? <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />