Daequan was a Reach tutor at Perry Street Prep in Washington, DC when he authored his book. He never leaves the house without picking his hair. Daequan loves to play basketball, and he loves shoes. Daequan also loves his hair.
BOOKS BY DAEQUAN
by Ashley, Daequan, and Rico of Reach Incorporated
Story: Da’Monte walks home deflated after watching a friend get bullied. Afraid, he did nothing. Wishing he was braver, he confided in his grandmother, who provided a powerful surprise. With a magical hoodie provided by the family matriarch, Da’Monte becomes brave and bold. The bullies better watch out.
Story Behind the Story: In this fresh take on a superhero story, these teen authors reclaim the hoodie as a symbol not of intimidation or threat, but of courage and selflessness. Hoodie is the new Cape. In the context of continued racial profiling of and violence towards young black men in this country, this reimagining could not be more timely, or more necessary.
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.
The Hoodie Hero preaches the importance of confidence in one’s unique style, and the ability to stand up for one’s self and others. Unlike other hero stories, which may be more unrealistic, The Hoodie Hero sets a bar for hero status that feels achievable to young readers by the end of the book.