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Harry Potter creator and author, J.K. Rowling has a new book on the way!
However, this one has absolutely nothing to do with the witches and wizards of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
In fact, this new story has nothing to do with the world of Harry Potter at all. Talk about a huge shock! Of course, I’m sure writers like to move on to differently themes or genres, but it’s so hard to step away from this incredible masterpiece collection of goodness!
Rowling’s new project is a children’s story called The Ickabog, and it’s actually one that she’s been working on for quite a long time.
Rowling posted on Twitter Tuesday morning to reveal the first details about the project, and announce that the entire thing would be made available for free online.
The Ickabog was written by Rowling over 10 years ago, when she was finishing up the original Harry Potter series!
She explains in a thread of tweets that she intended to publish it after the Harry Potter books, but instead focused on books written for adults at the time. The Ickabog was shelved for some time and she is just now returning to finish it!
The book is now going to be released for all to read. Rowling will be releasing a new chapter or two online every day, for everyone to read for free!
This project is meant to be a children’s book with illustrations, and Rowling is enlisting the help of young readers to help create the art for the book.
Drawings of the various chapters can be submitted online and some will be chosen to make the final, published version of the book, which Rowling hopes to release in November. How cool is that?
The first two chapters of The Ickabog will be released online on Tuesday afternoon, with new content arriving each and every day until July 10th. Rowling added that all of her author royalties from The Ickabog will be going toward those most impacted by COVID-19. This woman just amazes me more and more.
Is anyone else super excited about this new book! For kids or not, you better bet I’ll be reading it as well! How about you? Comment below!