Eight-year-old Author Awarded Three International Book Contracts

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Eight-year-old Adora Svitak has written more than 400,000 words of stories, poems and essays in the past two years. Since her first book "Flying Fingers" released in the US, she was awarded three book contracts from a prestigious publishing house in Beijing, China, Taiwan and South korea.

Eight-year-old Adora Svitak has published her first book, a compilation of historical fiction and adventure stories which range in length from 18 to 50 pages each. The book Flying Fingers is four pages shy of three hundred pages. It has four parts which includes Adora’s nine stories, writing tips, her opinions on politics, religion, media and education, plus a collection of her earlier poems. Adora has written over 400,000 words in the last two years alone, but what sets her apart is the equally impressive quality and maturity of her writing. She has skillfully applied sophisticated writing techniques, explored complex themes, and has used her extensive vocabulary appropriately.

Adora improves visibly with each new story and has an incredible capacity to re-invent herself. One story is set in ancient Egypt, another during the Renaissance. Although her stories are infused with a childlike sense of humor, her lushly descriptive fantasy odysseys are peppered with witty dialogue, and her descriptions of characters and events betray perceptions and insights that seem ageless. How did Adora get so far in such a short amount of time?

Flying Fingers: Master the Tools of Learning Through the Joy of Writing provides the answers. Each of Adora's stories is accompanied by a special "parents' section" with teaching tips from Adora's mother, Joyce. Espousing her belief that imparting a sense of play and freedom is the first step to improve a child's writing skills, Joyce includes a series of fun writing activities that parents and kids can do together.

Adora's mission to share her love of writing with other children extends to her desire to help other children to enjoy the pleasure of reading and writing. She plans to visit schools, especially low-income schools to show other kids how she gets such great results. Armed with her laptop and projector, Adora demonstrates her writing process live (at 70 words per minute it doesn't take long), answers questions, and donates copies of her book to students.

Having an almost three hundred page book published in the US is an impressive achievement, let alone having a prestigious publishing house translate the book into Chinese for sale in China early next year. Adora Svitak, who will be turning eight this month, has been writing on the computer since June 2004 and may be one of the youngest authors to get an international book contract. With more children becoming computer and word processor savvy at younger ages, we shall likely see similar talents emerge on the literary scene that has traditionally been dominated by adults.

It takes an open mind and strong belief in children to understand Adora's capacity and talent. However, Adora's ability and talent go beyond the book she writes. Her willingness to help and inspire other children, her desire and passion for knowledge and insatiable hunger to know what's happening around her is truly amazing and inspirational.

Please visit Adora Svitak’s website at http://www.adorasvitak.com or call 425-882-1603 for more information.

Additional info:

The publishing company in the US is Action Publishing in CA; the publishing company in Beijing, China is China Translation and Publishing Corporation.


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