Adora Svitak

12-year-old Adora Svitak is a child prodigy and internationally published author, known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs and full-length books. Adora first became known to the public when, at the age of 6, she was recognised on local news in Seattle for her writing abilities. Adora became an object of national interest at the age of 7 when she appeared with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America. Her book Flying Fingers describes Adora's abiding love of language and writing and contains tips and hints for other aspiring writers.

In 2005, at the age of 7, Adora began writing blogs and keeping an online journal, where she comments on matters of both international significance and subjects of personal interest. Since November 2005 Adora has been promoting literacy and interest in reading and writing. She has lectured before large audiences of both students and adults across the United States, and in the United Kingdom.

As of January 2007, Adora is completing her first full-length novel, Yang in Disguise, serving as a spokesperson for Verizon Reads campaign for literacy, and editing a novella, "The Pickpocket Princess". She has now finished her second book, Dancing Fingers - which her older sister Adrianna, who is a musician, helped write. In January 2009, she appeared in a Channel 4 documentary, The World's Cleverest Child and Me, presented by Mark Dolan.

The world needs childish thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Adora Svitak

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