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A royal day for Lisa
Friday 6th December 2013 @ 19:37 by Mark Phillip

A 12-year-old Dukinfield school girl had a date with royalty when she received a top honour from Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.

Lisa Li, a student at All Saints Catholic College has been named as one of ten literacy heroes across Britain.

The honour comes just three years after Lisa overcame language difficulties following her move to Hyde from China.

Lisa travelled to Clarence House in London and was set to receive her award from Camilla as we went to press yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) together with the librarian who nominated her.

Lisa has astounded school teachers following her rapid development in learning English.

The dedicated student has read hundreds of books since moving from China and the National Literacy Trust- an organisation dedicated to improving lives through literacy – has duly taken notice.

Nominated by school librarian Julie Carss, Lisa admitted she was very excited once she learnt she was to receive the honour.

“I was really surprised once I learnt that I had been nominated and once I learnt that I had been picked  I was just full of excitement.”

During Julies 14 years at the school, the librarian admitted that she had never come across someone as determined as Lisa, labelling the Year Eight student an “absolute inspiration.”

Julie said: “She came to the school with such a young reading age but she has done everything she could to improve.

“In an age where people don’t read as much Lisa is the most amazing example of a passionate reader that I have seen.

“She knows this is the way to improve because of the way reading has helped her.”

Whether it’s buying books at school fairs and donating them back for free, or  by helping other students who are struggling with reading, it’s clear that books have had a big impact on Lisa’s life.