Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Well Read Lisa Picks Up Royal Approval ; Top Literacy Award for 12-Year-Old Book Lover Camilla to Present the Prize at Clarence House

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Well Read Lisa Picks Up Royal Approval ; Top Literacy Award for 12-Year-Old Book Lover Camilla to Present the Prize at Clarence House

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ABOOK lover who knew just a handful of English phrases when she arrived from China has won a literacy award from the Duchess of Cornwall. Lisa Yong Hui Li ,12, has read 102 books - or 4,663,243 words - the equivalent of War and Peace almost eight times over in just her first year at school in Dukinfield. The All Saints Catholic College pupil is to pick up her award at Clarence House in London from Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, patron of the National Literacy Trust. She is one of only ten literacy heroes in the country - people who have improved their literacy under challenging circumstances.

Lisa came to England three years ago, with her family - mum Li Li Chen and twin brother Yong Shun Li - linking up with dad Guo Jin Li, who had arrived a few years earlier after landing a job in Manchester's Chinatown. They now live above their takeaway in Newton, near Hyde. Lisa said: "We came to England because my mum and dad thought the education in England is better than in China. …

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