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Not many second graders can say that they are a published author, but that is exactly what Liberty Ridge Elementary second grader Lily Bosrock is.

With the help of her grandmother, Mary Murray Bosrock, Lily became a published author in 2013 with the book "Grandma has Wings."

Bosrock, of St. Paul, co-wrote the children's book with her six granddaughters.

"My granddaughters are authentic authors now," Bosrock said. "It was a joint effort."

Bosrock visited Gina Votel's second-grade class on May 17 to read "Grandma Has Wings" and to discuss how the book came into being.

Bosrock has published several business and travel books during her career, but "Grandma Has Wings" is her first children's book.

"This was just something I did because I wanted to do it," Bosrock said.

"Grandma Has Wings" begins with six little girls who discover that their grandma's soft, squishy arms are in fact wings.

"This was a story that I had told the girls since they were little," Bosrock said. "Instead of saying it was a big fat glop on my arm I said it was grandma's wings."

The story goes on to explain that all grandmas have wings because God needed to create a special angel to look after the children of the world.

Since Bosrock's granddaughters had grown up with the story of grandma's wings, she decided to collaborate with all six girls on the book in order to capture their likenesses.

"It was just so fun," Lily said of working on the book with her grandma.

Bosrock said she doesn't know if there any other children's book in her future, but there's definitely more stories.

"I'm not a writer," she said, "I'm a storyteller."

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Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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