Monday, July 2, 2007
Adora Svitak types 70 words per minute, reads two to three books per day and writes about 100 short stories and poems per year. And per our calculations, that makes Adora one prolific 9-year-old.
Adora has been known as a "literary prodigy" since her first published book, "Flying Fingers," which contains stories, poems and a step-by-step instructional manual for parents and teachers to encourage kids to write.
As the representative for Verizon's literacy campaign, Adora reaches thousands of people around the world with a message: Young people should love reading and writing.
Her passion is evident from each story she puts out on her blog or Web site -- from fantasy adventure to contemporary stories to historical fiction. Oh, the only thing she wants one of per lifetime is a Nobel Prize in literature.
Update: Watch the CNN.com Live interview
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