HE’S only 11 years old but Sheikh Shahadath Karim can now proudly boast that he has his very own published book.
The pupil at Flying Bull Primary School in Buckland has always loved writing, and he spent a year compiling short stories and poems.
He passed it on to his father who took the book on holiday to Bangladesh and was able to get 2,000 copies printed. The book is called The Magic Ring and 50 copies have already been sold.
Shahadath said: ‘Just over a year ago I began to discover a true love of writing, with the inspiration of my teachers.
‘I wasn’t that great at writing but after they taught me different varieties of writing I started to build it up.
‘I wrote it and after a few months I showed it to my teachers and they thought it would be great if I published a book.
‘I like writing because there are different genres.
‘You can write about horror, comedy, fantasy, adventure and things like that. It just feels fun for me.’
Shahadath said it’s a great feeling to have his own book.
‘I feel proud of myself and my family are proud as well,’ he said.
‘I’m very happy to be selling my books.’
Shahadath is now looking ahead to getting a second book published with a sequel.
‘I’m probably going to be writing the books and when I get the money from my first book I’m going to start writing my books and try to publish them again,’ he said.
Year 6 teacher John Boulstridge teaches Shahadath at Flying Bull and said it’s a big achievement.
He said: ‘It’s amazing. To think that the biggest challenge we are facing is getting children interested in reading books.
‘We try to instil the love of reading. I would love to have some of the children in class read this.
‘When he showed it in class we held up the book and showed who the author was and we heard gasps from the kids. They were amazed.
‘They don’t realise sometimes what they can achieve at a certain age.
‘They think writing books is what adults do.’
And Mr Boulstridge said he hopes pupils at the school will be encouraged to follow in Shahadath’s footsteps by developing a love of writing.
‘It’s inspiring to young children, not just in his year,’ he added.
‘Since he’s done this we have had kids coming in saying they are going to write. There has been more of a desire to get writing.
‘Children are saying they enjoy writing.’
The books are being sold by Shahadath’s family, and a website is being designed to allow members of the public to purchase them.