Da'Quan attended Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School when he authored his book. He;s been practicing Islam for almost five years now and has been looked at differently for this choice. But he thinks being different could be the best thing ever: "Just be yourself and you'll find similarities in any person you come across."
BOOKS BY DA'QUAN
by Rashaan, Sejal, DaQuan, and Zorita of Reach Incorporated
How often do our stories for children explore sadness, loneliness, and disruption? While these children’s books are rare, the reality is all too present for many of our young people. Teen authors Rashaan, Sejal, DaQuan, and Zorita took on this challenging topic through the eyes of Larry, the lonely (rapping) camel.
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.
"We read One Lonely Camel today, and the kids really loved it. They gasped with shock (Larry's story really touched them), they giggled (at Tunechi's antics), and they roared their approval (the popular culture references). In short, it was a huge hit! When I asked who would give it 4 stars (our highest rating) all 20 hands shot up. I asked them why they liked it so much, and Akera said it best: "Those big kids wrote about things that all kids like, whether they're big or little."...Kam appreciated how the animals hid their sadness and seemed happy on the outside but were sad sometimes on the inside. Many of the kids thought that aspect of the book was really touching."
This book was an awesome read, from front to back!!!! My kids absolutely loved it, and have read it several times since I purchased it. This is definitely a must have for all ages.
--Vikki Sheppard, amazon reviewer
One Lonely Camel is a wonderful book for all ages about a camel who thinks he doesn't quite fit in at the zoo. A camel is taken from home and arrives at the zoo. A friendly hippo overhears Larry the camel's rap about his being captured. The hippo thinks Larry's raps are cool, so the hippo talks the camel into performing a rap at the zoo's talent show. Larry is nervous that the other animals at the zoo won't relate to his raps, but in the end, the animals like it, and Larry finds out that all of the other animals at the zoo have stories to tell, too. Even the hippo has a story to tell. This book shows that friends are always there to help you out, and it is filled with both humorous and sweet moments. While reading this great book, the amazing illustrations will please your eyes.
-- Dallas, amazon reviewer