Quvenzhané Wallis takes her storytelling from films to books

Quvenzhané Wallis
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12-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis will soon be turning her attention to the world of literature after signing a four-book deal with powerhouse publisher Simon & Schuster.

The Annie star will publish an as-yet-untitled series of three chapter books, and a picture book loosely based on her experiences for Simon & Schuster’s Books for Young Readers, an imprint of the publishing house’s children’s division.

“Reading is very important,” Wallis said in a statement. “It allows people to form a visual experience in their minds of what is going on in the story. I hope all readers enjoy using their imaginations along with me and take a journey into my books.”

The chapter books will follow the adventures of a third-grader named Shai Williams, who has a flair for the dramatic. The picture book will feature a “spunky young heroine who is very much looking forward to a night out with her mom at an awards show” much like Wallis did after being nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Simon & Schuster describe Wallis’ series of books as being “perfect” for readers ages 6 and up and for fans of the Clementine books and Judy Moody’s books.

“I’m thrilled that Quvenzhané is turning her estimable abilities to books,” said Christian Trimmer of S&S Books for Young Readers. “Her dedication to great storytelling is readily apparent. Readers of all ages are in for a real treat.”

Wallis’ first book is scheduled to be released in early 2017.

TJ Armour
TJ Armour

"I'm not a biter, I'm a writer for myself and others."



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