For some reason I was thinking about this girl today. Her name is Adora Svitak. I first learned about her at a faculty meeting during inservice week last August.
Here's a bit from her profile at Ted.com: "A voracious reader from age three, Adora Svitak's first serious foray into writing -- at age five -- was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. (Her astonishing verbal abilities already matched that of young adults over twice her age.) As her official bio says, her breakthrough would soon come 'in the form of a used Dell laptop her mother bought her.' At age seven, she typed out over 250,000 words -- poetry, short stories, observations about the world -- in a single year."
She is thirteen now. I want to be like her when I grow up.