Shakershock the superhero helps children with epilepsy
10 year old author publishes second book and gives royalties to children’s epilepsy charity
Ten year old Jordan Takpi has launched his second book,
Shakershock – the Adventure of a Superhero at Thorpe Park. Jordan, from East London, is one of Britain’s youngest authors. He began writing books at the age of 6 and has penned his second publication at the age of 10; he is also living with epilepsy.
Jordan was diagnosed with Epilepsy at two years old, and as a result, he has had to learn to concentrate harder than many of his peers, to do well in school and to fulfill his dreams of writing children’s books. Jordan’s first book Jordan and his spots was published when he was 7 years old and he loved the experience of writing it so much that he began writing his second book only a year later. The Adventure of Shakershock the Superhero is Jordan’s newest work of art and will be on sale from Xlibris Publishing in September 2010.
Jordan himself decided that he wanted 20% of the proceeds from his new book to go to the Young Epilepsy (Young Epilepsy) so that he can contribute to helping others like himself to succeed, and to hopefully find a cure for this condition one day. Jordan selected Young Epilepsy because of the fantastic work the charity does with young people with Epilepsy. He has spent time visiting the charity and learning about the wonderful efforts that they have made to improve the lives of children with this condition. Working with Young Epilepsy has made him extremely excited about being able to give something towards a great cause.
David Ford, Chief Executive of Young Epilepsy said,
Jordan is an amazing boy. He is living proof that having epilepsy does not have to hold you back. To be so talented and caring at his age is brilliant. For him to offer a share of the royalties from his book to Young Epilepsy is fantastic. Jordan is real example to other young people like him.
The book, nicknamed ‘Shakershock’, is about a young boy named Maxi who becomes a superhero and realises his powers that come from shaking. Jordan was unaware when he wrote the book that this superhero was reminiscent of someone who has epilepsy but having thought about it after writing the book, he was pleased that it translates this way.
Jordan is a confident and happy child who loves reading, playing football, and cooking with his Mum but his label of being one of Britain’s youngest author’s is something that makes him incredibly proud and has allowed him to inspire other children to aspire to greatness.
Jordan Takpi is an inspiration to people of all ages and all walks of life, by his determination in achieving his dreams and not allowing his condition to prevent him from doing the things he loves the most. Most importantly, he believes in himself and his ability to make a difference to people’s lives.