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February 10, 2013

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Online magazine hopes to inspire readers

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Years ago, Kosi read a book written by a 9-year-old, and she set a goal to publish her own before she was 10. Her mother told Kosi she could meet that deadline if she didn’t have illustrations. The book was finished the last week in December.

Kosie is a voracious reader, Eneli said, and reads 100 pages a day. She’s a fourth-grader at Nolanville Elementary School in Texas.

Kosi is in the accelerated reader program, and set goals on how many books to read. Some of her classmates couldn’t reach their goals, and that’s when Kosi said, “I can teach them what it takes to set and achieve goals.”

Thus, the idea for the book was born. It was published by www.lulu.com, and is available from there and Eneli’s website.

Kosi follows in the footsteps of her 13-year-old brother, Madu, who published a book last year called “Am I Ready for Middle School?” The teen wanted to share his successes and mistakes with younger students.

He wrote the book to raise money for a trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Middle School Presidential Inauguration Conference, which was open to high achieving students who were nominated to represent their school or city.

As part of the conference, which was in January, Madu got to attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Last weekend, Madu addressed a conference at a school in Kansas. In addition, he was chosen by theGrio as one of the top 100 people to watch. The site, www.thegrio.com, has African American news. (Type his name into the search box.)

His mother said, “It’s pretty non-stop in the Eneli household. It’s fun, though.”

In the Eneli family, Ken is a physician and Aya is CEO of Aya Eneli International, an author, attorney and motivational speaker. Her books include “Live Your Abundant Life” and “To Be My Husband’s Crown and Glory.”

FYI

-- Access the magazine at www.xtraordinaryyou.com. Click on “log in” at the right, and then click on the January issue, which is free to view. Other issues, however, will require a subscription, which is $14.99 a year; a single issue is $2.99.

-- Aya Eneli, an author and inspirational speaker, also has a website at www.ayaeneli.com.

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