At the young age of ten, Hephzibah Akinwale has published a 58,000-word novel. The East Cambridgeshire native, who attends Little Thetford C of E Primary School, is the author of the middle-grade fiction book “Chronicles of The Time Keepers – Whisked Away.”
In her novel, Akinwale plays the lead role. She experiences mysterious dreams that are so realistic that they seem to be a part of her everyday life. She has no idea that her dreams are the key to an incredible journey that is beyond her wildest expectations.
Per the International Book of Records, Akinwale has surpassed 11-year-old Manikya Sanghi, the multiple award-winning author of “Wizard of Sansanadia,” who held the record for the longest fiction novel written by a child, reaching 44,000 words.
Not only has Akinwale broken the record, but she has also set a new standard for ambitious young authors all over the world.
The 10-year-old’s mother, Chika Akinwale, believes that her daughter’s accomplishments would inspire other children to pursue their creative interests.
Chika Akinwale said, “In light of Black History Month (October), I feel her achievement can inspire other children, especially children of color as she is a young girl of color herself, according to ELY Standard.
“Furthermore, in recognition of her talents and contributions, my daughter was recently selected as one of the top 20 young people to help East Cambridgeshire District Council celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, contributing to her positive influence in the local community.”