Carrie has four daughters and runs Write On! Workshops--a summer writing camp for children.

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Meet a 5th Grade Published Author at Barnes and Noble

Salt Lake Tribune is calling McKenzie Wagner the “Doogie Howser” of writing. (What was that show again?) I’m calling her inspiring.

She is a fifth grader from Draper and has published two books through Tate Publishing Company. It’s a real publishing company. A big one. Her books are being sold all over the country.

I think McKenzie is inspiring for two reasons. First, she is 11 years old and is finishing novels. But more importantly to me, she is 11 years old and has parents behind the scenes who take her seriously. An 11 year old can’t get books published on her own. Somewhere in-between soccer practice and making breakfast and making a living, there are parents who said, “This isn’t a just a dream. Let’s help her make this happen.”

I have a fifth grader who lives at my house. Lots of nights after her piano is practiced, she writes stories too. When I told her about McKenzie, her eyes grew big. “Can I meet her?”

I want to meet her too, so I invited McKenzie to come speak at Writing Camp. Because an 11 year old can’t drive to Westminster by herself, I’m sure I’ll have the chance to meet her parents too.

If you’d like to meet her right away, you can come to Barnes and Noble in Murray on Saturday, April 16th.  She will be signing her latest book, The Magic Meadow and the Golden Locket, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

It just might be an inspiring visit for several people in your family.

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