I was having a conversation with someone the other day, and I mentioned that I don't usually like books that have a cult following. My friend's reply: "You mean other than Harry Potter?"

Oh, yeah. Harry Potter: My favorite series of all time; the books that I have re-read more than any other on earth; the cause of so much joy and happiness in my life! Raise your hand if, when asked for a list of your favorite books, you don't even mention Harry Potter . . .  because those books just exist on a whole other level?

So, imagine my delight when I heard the following news . . .

Today, Little, Brown announced that it has the world rights to a new adult novel by J.K. Rowling. Nope, we don't know the title, publication date or any information about the book's plot.

Here's more from Rowling: "Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher.  I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life."

We will update you the minute we get any more information about this book. But in the meantime: Anyone have plot predictions? Will this be another fantasy novel? A coming-of-age story? Something completely different?

Also on The Book Case: Even more gushing about my love for Harry Potter.

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