Dyslexia is my Superpower most of the time by Margaret Rooke

This book is the first of its kind: a book about children and teens with dyslexia, told and illustrated by the young people themselves. Here 8-18-year-olds from around the world show how they they have honed the benefits of dyslexia, finding ways to thrive inside and outside of school. These 100 young interviewees talk about building their capacity to cope with the difficulties that come with dyslexia, and embracing the benefits and advantages it brings.

There are top tips for teachers, parents, carers, and other adults, from the true experts – the children and teens themselves.

The book is a sister book to ‘Creative, Successful, Dyslexic’. In this first book, well known names including Dame Darcey Bussell, Benjamin Zephaniah, Zoe Wanamaker CBE, Kelly Hoppen MBE, Lynda La Plante CBE, Sir Richard Branson, Marcus Brigstocke, Mollie King, and many more reveal how they have succeeded both despite and because of their dyslexia.

Both books were written when author Margaret Rooke found out her daughter was dyslexic. Margaret was determined that no label was going to stop her daughter and those like her achieving whatever they wanted in life. These books have inspired many thousands of young people and the adults in their lives.

One of the forewords of ‘Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time)’ is written by Mercury Prize nominee, rapper Loyle Carner, who says to anyone struggling, “Your mind works in a different way, that is all. Never think for a second you are any less than anyone else in your class. So what if it takes you longer to read something?

“Hopefully this book will show you you’re not alone, but instead part of something very special.”

And 17-year-old Isobel explains how she looks at life: “If you find a way to deal with global warming or clean out the oceans, no one will say, ‘I’m not listening because the spelling is wrong.’”

‘What a wonderful book! Kudos to Margaret Rooke for helping bring the insights and wisdom of these remarkable young people to the world.’ Fernette Eide, MD, co-author of The Dyslexic Advantage.

‘Entertaining, enlightening, educational and brought me to tears more than once!’ Judy Puddifoot, MRCVS, BVet Med, MSc, BSc, presenter of BBC2’s Trust Me, I’m a Vet.


I am an author and writer with decades of experience in books, magazines, newspapers and writing for charities. My current book ‘You can Change the World! Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere,’ was written to inspire teenagers to make the changes they want to see in their own lives and in the world around them (see photo of some of the contributors above – there are boys in the book too!)

My previous books, ‘Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time)’ and ‘Creative, Successful, Dyslexic. 23 High Achievers Share Their Stories,’ were written to show people with dyslexia that, no matter the label they are given, with the right support, focus and hard work they don’t need to let anything hold them back. I have also written books about child safety, the menopause and stress, with Dr Mike Smith when he was the BBC Radio two medical expert.

For half of the week I work for the charity Independent Age, interviewing fascinating older people to help support the charity’s many areas of work. In a previous life, I have been a columnist on the Telegraph Saturday Magazine, Contributing Editor at Options magazine and Senior Feature s Writer on Woman’s Own.

Most of my working days are spent listening to others and helping them tell their stories. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do.

Homes expert and TV presenter Aggie MacKenzie, who I worked with on a recent project, says, “Margaret is highly professional, hugely experienced, extremely adaptable, fast and accurate. She has an intelligent, enquiring approach to everything, is invariably bursting with brilliant, workable ideas and is always current in her thinking. Margaret has a natural understanding about what people really want to read.”

I helped Harriet Lamb CBE, when CEO of Fairtrade International update her book, ‘Fighting the Banana Wars and other Fairtrade Battles’. Harriet says: “Margaret gives her full commitment to every piece of work she carries out. She has a natural ability to engage people in her writing, always understanding the ‘bigger picture’ objectives of a piece of work while having extraordinary attention to detail. She is completely reliable, works on her own initiative – and is always an utter joy to work with.”

You can Contact Margaret on Instagram and Twitter: @margsrooke.

LinkedIn : https://uk.linkedin.com/in/margaret-rooke-3b45848

Website : www.margaretrooke.com

Her books can be bought at Waterstones, local bookstores, and online in all outlets including Amazon, Hive, and Bookshop!

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