Have a little Faith: Schoolgirl inspires author

Have a little Faith:  Schoolgirl inspires author

Faith read's Cressida's How to Train Your Dragon book

Faith's Original Cressida Cowell Reading Certificate

Cressida Cowell

First published in News

A NINE-year-old bookworm from Ashley has become an inspiration for hundreds of fellow literature fans around the world – including famous author Cressida Cowell.

Faith Jackson, from Hough Green, appeared in The Guardian last month after reading an incredible 272 books in just six months – an average of a book and a half a day.

Since the news broke, the Mobberley CofE Primary School student has become somewhat of a celebrity in the world of literature.

Faith has written a guest review on Enid Blyton for popular American book blog, This Kid Reviews Book, and currently has a display board of her book recommendations in Knutsford Library.

“It was so, so difficult to pick my list, a thousand times difficult. I love so many books it was really hard to choose,” she said.

“It would be great if it made other people want to read more, because it can help your education, your imagination and it’s just so much fun to read.”

Faith’s feat also caught the eye of Cressida Cowell, author of the famous How to Train Your Dragon series.

The writer was so ‘impressed’ and ‘inspired’ by Faith’s ‘amazing achievement’ that she drew a special certificate to congratulate her.

Cressida said: “Reading for pleasure is one of the key factors in a child's later educational success, and as a nation we need to get our children reading for the joy of it, and talking excitedly to their friends about books, just as Faith is doing.

“If any child out there wants to match Faith's achievement, or indeed read just half that many books in six months, I'd be delighted to draw them their very own Original Cressida Cowell Reading Certificate too.”

Although it has been a busy few weeks for Faith, she hasn’t let it get in the way of her reading. In the month of January she read an additional 62 books, bringing her total to 334 in seven months.

“I’m definitely keeping going with my challenge. You can follow me on twitter @272BookFaith and Mummy lists what I’m reading as I read it,” she added.

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