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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Redmond prodigy’s website is creepy

Posted by on October 20 at 12:11 PM

I’m currently being hounded by a publicist for this 7-year-old in Redmond who’s a writing machine. She’s written hundreds of thousands of words of historical fiction, fantasy, contemporary fiction, poems, and essays. She reads two to three books per day. She wants pen pals. She will give you advice on your writing or help you with a research paper. She has a book coming out. She’s been on TV. And now she has this website (note the creepy audio on that main page) full of creepy staged photos of her lying on a bed, pretending to read, and making eggs.

Is it all orchestrated by her parents? This page creepily insists that “Working with her parents, especially her mom, is one of the most comforting and reassuring experience for Adora.” (In the sentence that follows, there’s evidence this website just went up: a grammatical note from someone behind the website — that you, Mom? — that hasn’t been edited out yet.)