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Schoolgirl, 9, becomes America's youngest published author

THE WRITE STUFF: Young author Anaya Lee Willabus

A NINE-year-old schoolgirl from New York has become the youngest person to publish a chapter book in US history.

Anaya Lee Willabus', new published book, The Day Mohan Found His Confidence, is “about a boy’s struggle to balance life at home and school, and how he realises he can do anything with the help of his family and friends,” according to the young author.

“I like to read all genres, of books,” Anaya told the New York Daily News. “I love both reading and writing. They both have something that I love in them.”

Her proud mother, Dimple Willabus, said she knew something was special about Anaya from a young age.

“We knew something was different with her. She never learned to walk. She actually started running. She started reading at two years old.”

Anaya’s favourite books mostly include biographies: I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama, The Root reported.

A trip to her parents’ native Guyana two years ago inspired the nine-year-old to write her chapter book.

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