GRANITE CITY - GCHS Class of 2021 graduate and published author Destiny Burkett was a guest speaker for Young Authors Monday at Coolidge Junior High School.

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Burkett published "The Magic Mind of a Child", which is a collection of young stories she wrote from third through eighth grade while in GCSD9.

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She spoke to students and answered questions for 30 minutes, before signing books for each of the Coolidge Young Authors.

Burkett is a junior at SIUE majoring in psychology with a minor in creative writing.

She credits her family for being an inspiration to write, especially her grandpa who encouraged her to write at a young age.

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