Quvenzhané Wallis is the new Amy Schumer – just 22 years younger

Oct 7, 2015 at 4:20 p.m. ET
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Today in news that makes me feel terribly old, terrible underachieving and yet terribly proud to be a woman, Quvenzhané Wallis has inked a multibook deal with Simon & Schuster.

You'll remember the star as the young actress who has been making waves in Hollywood for the past few years in blockbuster hits such as 12 Years a Slave, Annie and Beasts of the Southern Wild — for which she became the youngest actress ever to receive a Best Actress Academy Award nomination.

At the ripe old age of 12 years old, she has now signed a four-book deal with the publishing company to pen a trilogy of Young Reader chapter books as well as a picture book. The first of the trilogy is set to hit stores in January 2017 with the second following in the fall of the same year.

The stories will be loosely based on the author's own experiences, but they have yet to be titled. The picture book will feature a young heroine anticipating a night out with her mother at an awards show and follows the pair as they prepare for their special night, getting dolled up and walking the red carpet.

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She said, "Reading is very important. 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."

Quvenzhané is allegedly bringing in a pretty penny for her hard work, too. According to sources, the tween's deal reached only six figures. The youngster is the latest awesome actress to jump into the publishing arena. She follows in some pretty great footsteps, too. Lena Dunham and Amy Schumer have both recently penned their own books, although both are memoirs and not fiction.

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Although, it might seem Quvenzhané still has a little bit of room left to make up if she is to go on to be as successful as Schumer on the publishing front, as last month's deal for Schumer's memoir earned the comedian queen a cool $9 million.

It is safe to say Quvenzhané has a pretty good start to her career, though and having achieved so much by age 12 already, it will be exciting and interesting to watch this bright young woman continue to do great things. Congrats on the new venture, Quvenzhané!

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