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Meet the 9-year-old who has become America’s youngest published author

MAKING HISTORY: Anaya Lee Willabus

MAKING HISTORY: Anaya Lee Willabus

MEET ANAYA Lee Willabus, the nine-year-old schoolgirl from New York who has become the youngest person in US history to publish a chapter 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,” the young author said.

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

YOUNG AUTHOR: Anaya Lee Willabus with her book, The Day Mohan Found His Confidence

YOUNG AUTHOR: Anaya Lee Willabus with her book, The Day Mohan Found His Confidence

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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