A young author will travel to Stuttgart this Friday for a signing session

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Madelyn Modeste may be 12, but she’s already written two books. The young author will go to the Stuttgart Public Library this Friday, December 17 to organize a signing session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This won’t be Madelyn’s first trip to the Grande Prairie. Her mother, Shauntelle Modeste, graduated from Stuttgart High School in 1994. Shauntelle left Stuttgart to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s degree in reading. The Modeste family now resides in Texas.

“I am a former public educator here in the DFW Lewisville area. I started homeschooling Madelyn about four years ago. During that time, we had the opportunity to do fun things like take writing classes,” Shauntelle said.

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One of the classes Madelyn attended inspired her to author “Mariella Can’t Wait” and “Mariella is Frustrated.”

“She signed up for this writing class and she started her journey writing books. We were already writing for school, but I wanted something a little more meaningful and authentic,” Shauntelle said.

The main character of Madelyn’s two novels is modeled after her personality and characteristics. Her first novel, “Mariella Can’t Wait”, is based on an experience she had.

“It’s about her (Mariella) waiting for a special package from her grandmother from out of state. She’s trying to work out a problem about how to be patient,” Madelyn said. My second book, Mariella is Frustrated, is about Mariella trying to make up something she can’t find.”

Madelyn plans to write a chapter book and more Mariella books in the future. She said she was thrilled to share her writing with her mother’s hometown.

“I want to share it with the world and I want my family to know that I can do great things,” Madelyn said.

There will be free treats, a book and a prize at Friday’s autograph session. Shauntelle said there may also be a Q&A interview with Madelyn conducted by librarian Tia Brickey.

“It’s really important to me as a mother and as an educator to shine a light on literacy and the importance of writing,” Shauntelle said. “It encourages kids to do positive things like this too.”

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