Meet Richmond author Roderick Alexander, a 7th grader

Meet Richmond author Roderick Alexander, a 7th-grader
Roderick Alexander poses with the book he wrote and published.

They say the vast majority of writers who start a book never get around to finishing them, let alone publishing them.

That’s not the case for 7th-grade DeJean Middle School student Roderick Alexander, who wrote The Hero of Townville and published a hardcover version of the super-hero comic using the online platform

In his comic, Alexander created his own superhero, saying he “didn’t want to copy” other comics.

“I’ve been drawing and making stories since I was about six,” Alexander told For Richmond, the nonprofit that discovered the remarkable child’s story. “It’s always been my passion. I want to improve even more and inspire people.”

Officials at For Richmond said Alexander was among the students the nonprofit treated to an “LA for a Day” adventure. The students who went on the trip were recommended by their educators for their strong academic performance. Last year, the nonprofit also established the Resident Resource Center at the Pullman Point Apartments, where Alexander lives.

Those who know Alexander aren’t surprised that he’s already an author. The youngest of five children, the child was once Student of the Month at King Elementary, scored straight As in middle school last semester and has been on numerous honor rolls, according to For Richmond. He’s also taken part in the Lovonya DeJean E.S.C.A.P.E. Club (Environmental Science, Conservation, And Photographic Excursions), the nonprofit said.