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5th-Grader Writes 'Extra Special' Story

Getting a 10-year-old to read can be like pulling teeth for some parents. That's not the case for Mill Hill fifth-grader Skylar Thomas. It's her writing that involves teeth pulling. Skylar wrote and illustrated her first book, "An Extra Special Picture Day," earlier this year, and she's already got another book on the way.

"I tried to come up with my own story," Skylar said. "It just happened."

She got the idea to write a novel from Alex Greven, the child author who hit the talk-show circuit last year with his book , "How to Talk to Girls." Skylar set to work writing her own story. Three months later, she came up with "An Extra Special Picture Day." The novella tells of a third-grader who decides to stand out in class pictures—by removing his front teeth.

Her mother Tina was so blown away that she sent the story to KidPub Press , which agreed the story was good enough to publish. The book hit shelves this summer, complete with cover art by Skylar.

"She's very driven. When she puts her mind to something, she gets it done," Tina says. "We're very proud of her."

Not content to rest on her laurels, Skylar has already finished writing her second story, "The Necklace." She submitted it for a school writing contest and won, giving her a deal to publish that one as well. She is working on the illustrations — and admits that she prefers drawing to writing.

"I like both, but I think I like drawing best," she says.

Skylar hopes to keep writing and make a career out of it. She's already getting tons of great publicity from Eileen, her grandmother. In true grandma fashion, Eileen cannot stop talking about her granddaughter's accomplishments.

"Every time anyone comes into my house, I ask them, 'How many copies do you want?'" Eileen says.

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