De'Asia was a student at Dunbar High School when she authored her book. She is a cheerleader and her dream is to be a writer. Speak: Amaya Finds Her Voice was De'Asia's first book. She was in tenth grade when she wrote it. She wants people who read the book to realize that you shouldn't be afraid to do something because of a disability. You can do anything if you put your mind to it.
BOOKS BY DE'ASIA
by Ashley, De’Asia, and Romel of Reach Incorporated
It’s Amaya’s first month at a new school in a new state, and she's too scared to speak. Amaya has a stutter. At her old school she got bullied for how she talked, but she had finally just started making friends. And then her mom got a new job and moved them to DC, where she had to start all over again! Now Amaya is mad at her mom and scared at school. The only friend she shares her feelings with is her dog, Journey, who can talk back! If Amaya doesn’t start speaking soon, she’ll keep getting in trouble and will never make friends. Can Journey and her classmates help Amaya find her voice?
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.