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Hazelwood boy honored with CNN's Young Wonders award

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Sidney Keys II was honored with CNN's Young Wonders award. (Credit: CNN) Sidney Keys II was honored with CNN's Young Wonders award. (Credit: CNN)

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (CNN/KMOV.com) -- CNN handed out it’s Young Wonders awards recently, and a local boy was honored for his work promoting reading.

Sidney Keys III of Hazelwood has a deep love of reading, but the 11-year-old had a difficult time finding many books with characters he could relate to as an African-American. That changed last year when he visited a local bookstore that promotes African-American children's books.

To share his passion for reading with his peers, Sidney created Books n Bros, a club for boys between the ages of 8 and 12 that focuses on African-American literature and culture.

Today, the group's more than 50 members meet each month to discuss their featured book and learn from older mentors, and Sidney's "Adopt A Bro" initiative also offers sponsorships for children who need financial assistance.

"I do really feel like I'm making a positive impact in my community," Sidney said. "Because all the boys are having such a good time in my book club. I see all smiles on their faces. I really feel like I'm making reading fun again."

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