"I told her I was sick of reading about white boys and dogs," Dias said, pointing specifically to "Where the Red Fern Grows" and the "Shiloh" series. "'What are you going to do about it?’ [my mom] asked. And I told her I was going to start a book drive, and a specific book drive, where black girls are the main characters in the book and not background characters or minor characters.”
Books collected will be donated to a low-resources library in St. Mary, Jamaica, where Janice grew up -- in the spirit of giving back to their roots.
THIS GIRL IS ELEVEN YEARS OLD. HOW AWESOME IS SHE?
According to the article, the drive will go until February 1, and book donations can be sent to 59 Main St., West Orange, N.J., 07052, Office 322.