2 locals publish books

Two area residents recently published books.

First up is "Crossover, Krisálys Chronicles of Féyree: Scroll 1" (Outskirts Press; $14.95), by Claudia D. Newcorn, of Modesto.

The Modesto Bee community columnist blends contemporary and traditional fantasy/fiction in a story about

young sprytes trying to earn their wings.

Danaí and her fellow sprytes face wraiths, ice dragons, fire demons and unexpected events as they undergo the nine rites of Krisálys.

Newcorn, who has lived in Modesto since 1989, is a free-lance writer and has had a short story published in "Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul." To read sample chapters and learn more about the book and the author, visit

The book is available at bookstores, and

The author's first book signing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Pilgrimage in Ceres.

Craig Mello sets his "Difference: The Rainbow Zebra: An African Tale of Diversity" (PublishAmerica, $19.95) on the plains of Africa, where each zebra in a herd is identical.

"That is, until the day Difference, a zebra without stripes, is born. Now, the herd is faced with dealing with Difference's uniqueness, and they aren't handling it well," he said. "Eventually, Difference does indeed get his stripes, but they're nothing like the stripes everyone is used to seeing! The question is, will the others accept him?"

The illustrations were done with finely cut construction paper and spray adhesive.

"Each picture took about 10 to 12 hours to create," he said.

The Modesto teacher is a former visiting editor and a community columnist with The Bee.

The book will be available in Modesto and Turlock bookstores in the next few weeks, and is available on,, and More information can be found at