Pepper doesn’t have much musical skill. So when the prickly porcupine is invited to perform in the town’s parade, his hunt for an instrument to play only leads to disappointment. Feeling less talented than his peers, a dejected Pepper eventually finds his place as the band’s rhythmical leader.
That’s the plot of “Pepper the Porcupine and the Big Parade,” a children’s book written and illustrated by Montgomery County high school students Jourdan Lewanda and Andrew Latona for the annual Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge.
Hosted this past spring by B’nai B’rith International, a Jewish humanitarian and advocacy group, and sponsored by Pepco Holdings, the scholarship competition asks participants to craft books that teach children about tolerance and equality...more.