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Presenting Author - Suzanne Collins

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:21 pm

Name of the author: Suzanne Collins
Main genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Children
Main audience: Young adult on
Main books: The Hunger Games trilogy (3 books); The Underland Chronicles (5 books)
Short summary of the author: Suzanne Collins was writing television shows for children and children’s author James Proimos got in touch with her and persuaded her to write some children's stories. What she wrote ended up being The Underland Chronicles. Then she branched out and wrote something for young adults ... The Hunger Games. That book acquired a fan base which ranged far beyond that of 'young adults'.

I've only read The Hunger Games books of hers. The write-ups I have seen of The Underland series of books tempt me to see whether or not the library has them. After all, I do love Alice in Wonderland and she had the idea for The Underland books while wondering what would happen if that took place in New York -- and a person falling down a manhole in New York would certainly encounter some strange things.

She writes a tight, exciting and provocative story. The books of The Hunger Games may be read independently of themselves, but to acquire the full flavour of the story I think a person is better off starting at the beginning.

Goodreads write-up:
Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children’s television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment’s Clifford’s Puppy Days.

While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children’s author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children’s books a try.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you’re much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you’re not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that’s the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part series, The Underland Chronicles. Suzanne also has a rhyming picture book illustrated by Mike Lester entitled When Charlie McButton Lost Power.

She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.

The books she is most successful for in teenage eyes are The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. These books have won several awards, including the GA Peach Award. (less)

My library has this write-up for Suzanne Collins:
Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. Collins went on to receive an M.F.A. from New York University in dramatic writing. Since 1991, she has been a writer for children's television shows. She has worked on the staffs of several shows including Clarissa Explains it All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! and was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days. Her books include When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles, and the Hunger Games Trilogy. Book one of this trilogy, The Hunger Games, became a major motion picture in 2012 with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence portraying the main character of Katniss Everdeen. Catching Fire, book 2 of the trilogy, became a major motion picture in 2013. Mockingjay - Part One was released as a film in 2014 and Part Two in 2015.
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Re: Presenting Author - Suzanne Collins

Postby Prof. Tarma Amelia Black » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:47 pm

Title of the book: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: Yes. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay
Genres: Young Adult, Adult, Science Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopia, Post Apocalyptic, Action

Short summary of the story: The United States of America suffered a period of war, in which most of everything fell apart. The people regrouped into 13 districts with a capitol of Panem. When Panem attempted to control the districts, subjugate them, the districts rebelled. Allegedly District 13 was destroyed, and the rest of them were treated extremely harshly. In addition to the harshness of treatment, Panem instigated The Hunger Games, in which two tributes, a boy and a girl, were selected each year from each district and put into an arena to kill each other off.This story, told first person, follows Katniss Everdeen, a volunteer tribute from District 12. Katniss (and her co-District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark) are swept away from where they had been born and grew up, to Panem. There they meet people who are the ones who will try to help them survive -- and they also meet the people who they must kill if they are to survive. The Games start and Katniss encounters fear and panic and terror and ... friendship. The District 11 female, Rue, reminds Katniss of her sister, Prim (Prim's name had been drawn and Katniss volunteered in Prim's stead) and they become allies. Rue is killed and Katniss mourns ... but at the same time, now she finds she is freed to find Peeta, because the Games Makers decided to allow 2 'winners' -- IF they are both from the same district. She had avoided the idea of Peeta for so long, because Peeta was one of the primary reasons why Katniss and her family survived after her father died in a mining disaster. Katniss does find Peeta and manages to save his life. The number of tributes winds down to where there are only 3, and then only 2. Then the Games Makers renounce their decision to allow 2 survivors. Katniss thinks they cannot have zero survivors, and, besides, she thinks it would be unbearable for her to return to District 12 without Peeta because 'she' would have survived and he died. (Yes, yes, I'm leaving out a lot of the summary of what and who and didn't even mention Gale!) So, she tricks the Games Makers into believing that they will both die and, at the very last possible moment, the allowance of 2 winners is allowed again. And that is when things become very dangerous for Katniss, because President Snow is not happy with her at all.

This is such a great book. I'm watching the making of The Hunger Games movie, and different actors say how they read the book and thought 'I want to be in that if it is ever a movie'. There are fan clubs for The Hunger Games book which existed prior to the movie even being made (or the process of being made began). This is my umpteen re-read of the book (okay, maybe 4th re-read) and I keep finding more 'new' bits and pieces each time I read it.

Goodreads write-up:
Winning will make you famous.
Losing means certain death.

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
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