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Marley Dias arrives at the 2016 Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks just snagged her first book deal. She's only 12.


Marley Dias, the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, just snagged her first book deal with the global children's publishing company, Scholastic. 

Did we mention she's only 12 years old? 

As part of the deal, Dias will serve as the author and main character of her very own book. 

"In her forthcoming nonfiction book for ages 10 and up, Marley Dias, the powerhouse girl-wonder who started the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign, shows kids how to make their own dreams come true," Scholastic said in a press release. "In this accessible 'keep-it-real' guide, Marley tells how she’s turned her passion into a literacy crusade that has captured the attention of the media, policymakers, and young people throughout the world." 

Dias was just 11 years old when she launched the book drive #1000BlackGirlBooks. 

Her goal was to collect 1,000 books featuring black female protagonists by February 2016. That goal was quickly surpassed when major media outlets picked up her story and thousands of bloggers, schools and organizations got on board with the project. 

As of Sunday, Dias had collected more than 8,000 books. 

Dias said she's now excited to be working on a book with Scholastic. 

"All my friends can probably only name one publishing house and that is Scholastic," Dias said. "They are everywhere. Scholastic is the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion and social action.”

Her book is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2018. 

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