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  Adora with her stack of cherished books

By a conservative estimate, since age three and half, when Adora started to read chapter books, she has read over 1600 books so far. The most common category is history and historical fiction, followed by fantasy/adventure stories. She is particularly fond of the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and also the Oz series by Frank Baum. Today, Adora's literary interests also lean toward the classics, with favorite books including A Tale of Two Cities and Cry, The Beloved Country; one of her favorite modern authors is Alexander McCall Smith. She has a very strong interest in the medieval age but has also read about Napoleon, and the first and second world wars. “We are glad that we have always lived near libraries and bookstores,” her parents say.

Adora's extraordinary writing ability is strongly correlated to her incredible ability in and love of reading. Reading thousands of books fueled Adora's passion for writing. She developed her writing skills and techniques naturally and smoothly by reading a great variety of books. She reads her favorite books over and over to savor the beauty of words, the ingenuity of the plots, and the depth of historical knowledge. She devours books like a hungry lion. Going to a library and bookstore is like going to a candy store. Although she has been to libraries and bookstores countless times, she would get so excited and happy whenever the possibility of going there is mentioned. Book reading has been instrumental to the success of Adora's writing. Without reading literally hours everyday, Adora wouldn't have been as successful in her own writing. The more she reads, the more she is inspired and encouraged to express and explore her own imagination. For all readers and writers out there, read more, and write more!

Please browse some of the books that Adora enjoys immensely.

The Redwall Series

The Century for Young People

Little Women

The Secret Garden


The Harry Potter Series

History books by Albert Marrin

The Hobbit

The Chronicles of Narnia

The Series of Unfortunate Events

Falling Up

A Light in the Attic

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Little Men

The Little House Series
(Laura Ingalls Wilder)

The Royal Diaries

The Princess Diaries

Lives of Extraordinary Women

American Girls

Oz series

The Song of the Lioness Quartet

A Treasury of Saints and Martyrs


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Book Review
Adora's love for books leads her to devour two to three books per day on top of her writing . After sifting through so many books, her intuition for finding the good ones is remarkable, and she thought the following reviews might give other young readers a similar head start. Adora welcomes you to share your expertise too- feel free to send in your own book reviews for publication on the site.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Number the Stars takes place in mid-World War II, and is about Annemarie, a normal ten-year-old girl. But suddenly, she is plunged into a world of danger, where she can trust nobody….

Full of daring escapes, funny bits, and suspense, Number the Stars is a book you will never forget!

The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
The Prophecy of the Stones takes place in The Realm, where the Council of Twelve rules with an iron hand. Three girls, suddenly hit in the face with staggering facts, meet together and, with only words, are off to Nathrynn and Fairytale, where only good reigns.

At the same time, the Nameless One, a young hovalyn who woke up to find himself in a field with no recollection of his past, discovers his true name…and his destiny.

Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars
Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars tells the story of a man who began as a common soldier and rose to the position of the most powerful man of all Europe. From his defeats and triumphs, sad moments and joyful, Albert Marrin's Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars tells us about the life of the renowned self-made emperor.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry's school year doesn't look good. The battle against Voldemort is failing, and despite his promotion to Captain of the Gryffindor Quidditch team, Harry is glum. With mysterious murders and an unwanted switch between teachers Snape and Slughorn, who couldn't be unhappy? But with an unexpected twist, Harry's once again plunged into danger…and also finds himself fighting for his life.

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