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Seven-year-old Authors Book on Autism

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A follow up to a story we brought you back in April. After Cameron Davis delivered a power point presentation to his second grade class at Village Elementary School in Hilton, he got an offer he couldn't refuse.

Cameron has written a book based on that class project that went on sale last week.

"I'm a kid with a brother who has autism. You should read this book because I bet you don't even know what autism is. So keep reading," said Davis.

Seven-year-old Cameron Davis is now a published author. On Friday, the soon to be third grader at Village Elementary School in Hilton mets his publisher, Richard Hartmetz. Cameron's book, "A Kids Guide to autism," is written for children to help them better understand what autism is. Cameron lives with it everyday as his younger brother Carter is Autistic.

"It was kind of hard because I'm more of an advanced kid than like normal kids. So it was hard to make it all easier for a normal kid to read it," said Davis.

Cameron solicited cover designs from students at Village Elementary. He went with one submitted by Sophie Haynes.

"I was browsing the web and I saw the rainbow tree made out of puzzle pieces representing aitism, so I liked that idea so I ended up using it," said Sophie Haynes, Cover Designer.

Cameron was featured on YNN for a power point presentation he gave his second grade class on autism Awareness. Cameron had mentioned how he might write a book on autism. Hartmetz saw that story and immediately contacted Cameron's parents. He says 45 copies of the book have been sold in just one week.

"I thought it hit it spot on, I really did. I thought it was to the point and explained it in a way that people could understand it," said Richard Hartmetz, Starry Night Publishing.

Starry Night Publishing usually charges a $499 publishing fee. Hartmetz says he waived that for Cameron believing the message is too important.

"He was so excited about Cameron spreading the word about autism and creating acceptance and he wanted to be a part of it and that he wanted to do it as a reward for Cameron for doing something so selfless," said Kristin Davis, Cameron's Mother.

Cameron plans on donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the book to Autism Speaks.

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