Author J.K. Rowling is famous around the world for her Harry Potter series of books. Now, she’s offering a new book for FREE.
The Ickabog, Rowling’s latest work, will be published in November of 2020. But starting NOW, she’ll offer an online version at no cost, as a gift to children in these chaotic times.
One or two chapters will be released online each day, to keep children and families reading together.
In a press statement, Rowling said,
“The idea for The Ickabog came to me, while I was still writing Harry Potter. I wrote most of a first draft in fits and starts between Potter books, intending to publish it after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
This is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story.”
From May 26 to July 10, the author will be posting a chapter (or two) every weekday — FREE for all to read.
When the the book is published this fall, all of Rowling’s royalties will go to people who have been affected by the current worldwide health crisis.
In addition, J.K. Rowling is inviting kids to help illustrate The Ickabog. As chapters are uploaded, she will be making suggestions for what you might like to draw or paint to illustrate the story.
Kids between 7 and 12 years old can enter their drawings (via their parents or guardians) into the official competition, and will have a chance to have their illustrations featured in The Ickabog book when it is published in November.
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