DELHI, California (STPNS) -- Two local authors are working to make their mark in the world of children's literature. Both had books released last year.

Hilmar's Judy Burnette wrote ?The Unsinkable Lucy? featuring the journey through life's ups and downs of a miniature poodle named Lucy. Lucy eventually ended up with a very loving couple. The couple happened to be Burnette and her husband.

?Her behavior reminded me of a child being adopted,? said Burnette at a recent book signing in Turlock.

Burnette has worked to promote the book with help from a friend and the book's illustrator. On Saturday, March 24, the three did a reading and book signing at Borders in Turlock. Burnette is also scheduled to appear for a reading at the upcoming Delhi Art Show on April 14.



Burnette sees the book as an instrument for expressing feelings and hopes that children will not only relate to it, but will be able to learn from it and use it.

The book reading as a part of her appearance at the Delhi Art Show is scheduled to begin around 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 14.

Burnette's book is available online through Amazon.com and locally at Borders in Turlock. For more information, please visit www.theunsinkablelucy.com.

Another story of adoption has found its way into people's hearts. Out of the pen of Delhi's own Mary Eklund, ?Princess Vika's Forever Family? tells of a young Russian girl and her quest to find a ?forever family.? The orphan's tale demonstrates that distance, language and culture are not barriers for the love that brings families together. Eklund drew on real-life experiences to bring her creation to print.

Eklund appeared at the Delhi Art Show last October and may make another appearance at the upcoming spring show.

The book features colorful illustrations by Maria Gonzalez.

Eklund's book is available from the Family Bible Center in Turlock, Barnes and Noble, Borders, Beardsley's Books and Bible Store, Christian Connections in Merced and Amazon.com. A Spanish language text-only version can be found at www.princessvika.com. Signed copies of the first edition are also available through the website.