Remi was a student at Perry Street Prep and KIPP College Preparatory School when he authored his books. He likes to read, sketch, catch up on political news, be a well-rounded and intellectual person, and help others. He is also the co-author of a Reach book called The Blue Spark. He hopes his readers learn that despite personal struggles, individuals can overcome obstacles and understand others.
BOOKS BY REMI
by Destiney, Karion, and Aderemi of Reach Incorporated
Kendra the Kangaroo is getting ready for her hockey team’s big game against their rival. The only problem? Her team doesn’t think that kangaroos belong in hockey. And even worse, Kendra is afraid they’ll kick her off the team if they find out that she has asthma. So she keeps a big secret, and tries to prove that she belongs on the ice. Can her friend Rahim the Rabbit convince her to be herself and tell the truth before she puts herself in danger?
2015 INDIEFAB Finalist: Child Author Book of the Year
by Aderemi, Taijah, and Makayla of Reach Incorporated
Max is a supervillain growing up in a supervillain family-- his mom controls fire and his dad is like a tornado. Max has the power of invisibility, which he uses to wreak havoc and go unseen. Or so he thinks. But Max goes to school with Ronnie, the son of superheroes and a champion of justice who can see in others what no one else can see--even good hearts in misbehaving boys. What happens when these two super-forces square off?
The teen tutors of Reach Incorporated noticed that few children's books reflected their reality. They decided to do something about that: they wrote their own. Now these teens have written eight original books, and are diversifying children's literature, one smart-fun-real-brave-bold story at a time. Learn more.
I think the moral of this book is even if some kids are mean to you, a team sticks together and won’t let anyone down. I think the most meaningful line in the book is: “Then Kendra heard Elijah the Eagle shout ‘Let’s bring it home for Kendra.’ The rest of the teammates cheered. ‘We got you Kendra Kangaroo Helena shouted.'”
I felt so sad for the kangaroo – it is hard to keep a secret, especially one that has potential to embarrass you or negatively impact others and yourself. I was so glad she had found a trusting adult, her coach, to tell, and that she had one close friend to keep her going. I think this is a great book for pointing out ways to cope with stressful, maybe dangerous, situations.
This is a wonderful story with a crazy cast of characters that emphasizes the importance of healthy self-esteem, and not putting yourself at risk out of fear of what others may say. This book fills a gap by addressing the topic of asthma, which has a higher prevalence in low-income communities and among children of color. The authors recognize that children are often ashamed of health conditions and by writing this story, they encourage children not to shy away from talking about their own health conditions. Readers can learn that you shouldn’t assume or judge the words or actions of others.