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Olyphant resident Rachel Jane Mackrell, a senior at Holy Cross High School, is the author of “Shaun the Pear.”

“I wanted to tell a fun story while educating children about chemical reactions, Mackrell said.

In the book, Shaun hopes to be a father, but must undergo some chemical changes before he can.

“The inspiration for the book is my older brother Shaun,” she said. “He is married and they have two children. When I wrote this book, I had just become a godmother five years ago.”

The book is being sold through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and BAM.