In most school libraries, there are not many books about kids like Emmory Ely. She is a happy 6-year-old who lives with a tracheostomy tube in her neck.
“It’s a blessing. It’s tiring and challenging, but its the best kind of challenge to take care of someone with a trac,” said her mom, Kelli Davis.
Once they got everything situated, News 3 met the duo at Springfield Elementary to listen to what makes Emmory light up: her mom’s voice and a book about a kid just like her. The book is titled Jerimiah Justice Saves the Day.
“Jerimiah Justice is a normal kid who discovers by accident that he has a superpower. When he’s about to fall, a big blast of air comes out of his neck — his trac — and he decides to name it the super tornado blaster,” said Melissa Miles, the book’s author.
The book takes place in Savannah. A SCAD professor brought it to life. Miles got the idea when she was shopping for books with her son, who has special needs.
“He takes something that’s been given to him and turns it into something wonderful. What people see as his weakness turns out to be the source of his power,” said Miles.
That’s the message Miles is hand-delivering to schools across the Coastal Empire, including Springfield Elementary. She also donates books to Memorial Hospital.
“Even though people are different, even though we have different attachments, we can all be the same a and we can all do the same things,” said Kelli Davis.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon. You can also find it in local bookstores (E. Shaver Booksellers).
Proceeds from book sales go to Miles’ non-profit that raises money to raise awareness about kids with special needs. Miles tells News 3 she is thinking about making the book into a series about more kids with special needs.
“Special needs kids are superheroes. I just want every child to see that,” she said. “To see that this kid is just like them.”