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JK Rowling Publishes Free Children’s Story Online

The Harry Potter author has released a story for children stuck in lockdown

Published on May 26, 2020

JK Rowling is publishing a new children’s book, The Ickabog, free of charge, for children stuck in lockdown. It can be read in 34 daily instalments at its own website.

The book, says the Harry Potter author, is a fairy tale about “truth and the abuse of power”. It is set in an imaginary land different to any she has written about before. She wrote it for her own children years ago, and read it to them chapter by chapter as she worked on it. Instead of publishing it as planned, she put out a book for adults instead. The Ickabog was stashed in her attic. Now she has decided to let kids (and older people) read it.

Ms Rowling is also inviting children to send in their illustrations for the book which will be published in November.

You can read the story, and enter the competition, at the website (see above).


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