Daisy Hutzell-Rodman
Adahmariyah Kelley and her collection of Circle C books.

By Daisy Hutzell-Rodman

Adahmariyah Kelley sits in a rocking chair away from other people in the room and braids her hair into two plaits, quietly surrounded by books. She has patiently answered questions for nearly an hour, when suddenly one question about pets captures her attention.

“I know it’s weird, but I had a pet grasshopper,” Kelley said. “He lived in a huge fish tank in my room.
Her mother, Melissa, smiled to herself.

“Well, it was a terrarium, not a fish tank,” Adahmariyah said.