Modesto 8th-grader publishes first novel, with another on way

Juliana Presto knows what it means to chase your dreams. “I think I was around 8 or 9 years old when I realized I really wanted to become a published author,” says Juliana, a 13-year-old living in Modesto. “That’s when I started working on different stories and really writing my ideas down.” Just four years after the realization of her dream job, Juliana has published her first novel, “Fire and Ice: The Awakening.”


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