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12:00 AM, May 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 30, 2020

JK Rowling releases new children’s book online for free

JK Rowling announced she will publish a new children's book, a fairy tale about truth and the abuse of power. The Harry Potter author said she kept the book in her attic for years and will make it available online for free for children in self-isolation.

Set in an imaginary land unrelated to Rowling's other works, The Ickabog will be released in 34 daily, free installments before it is published as a book, e-book and audiobook in November. The royalties from the book will be distributed among projects fighting the pandemic.

The novelist said she wrote The Ickabog in fits and starts in between the Potter books well over a decade ago, and initially planned to publish it right after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, she kept the book on hold, deciding to step away from children's books and wrote adult novels instead, including The Casual Vacancy, and The Cuckoo's Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.  The first installment of the free online version of The Ickabog was released on May 26. Chapters of the book will be published daily until July 10 on The Ickabog website.

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