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Quvenzhane Wallis Becomes a Published Author at 14 With the Release of Two Children’s Books

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Quvenzhane Wallis has accomplished more in her 14 years of life than most and the achievements keep mounting. At the young age of five, she auditioned and eventually landed the gig, which would be her first acting job in the fantasy movie Beasts of the Southern Wild where she starred as Hushpuppy, beating out 4,000 others for the role.

Her performance as strong-willed Hushpuppy would lead to her becoming nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role. At the age of nine, she was the youngest nominee to ever receive a nomination from the Academy in the category’s history. From there, Wallis has continued to ride the wave of being the wunderkind she was meant to be with roles in 12 Years a Slave and a starring role in the 2014 remake of Annie.

And now, Wallis is leaving her mark in the literary world. With the release of her two children’s books on October 2 and October 3, Wallis has added author to her resume. The Associated Press reported that Wallis has debuted Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! and A Night Out with Mama, which are both books that draw on personal experiences the 14-year-old has lived through in her life.

Wallis shared the covers of the two books with fans via Twitter back in May of this year, but now the books are finally available for purchase!


According to The AP, Break an Egg is the first book in a series about two third grade best friends, Shai and Emmie, and their adventures and misadventures in the setting of a performing arts school. The second book in the series, Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! is slated for a January 2018 release, while the third book has yet to be titled and as of now has a to-be-determined release date. The series is intended for children, ages 6-10.

A Night Out with Mama is book of pictures and is based on the experience Wallis had at the Academy Awards ceremony when she was nominated for her Oscar. She attended the show alongside her mother Qulyndreia Wallis and the book is a retelling of what happened on that pivotal night. The book is for kids in preschool through third grade.

“I really hope that people my age enjoy reading these books,” she said in a statement. “I don’t think we read as much as we should.”

Purchase Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg! and A Night Out with Mama here and here. Pre-order Shai & Emmie Star in Dancy Pants! here.

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Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.