I’ve got some great news for fans of The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins. It turns out that she will be releasing a new book next year! Yay! Tho, it should be noted that Collins‘s new book will be nothing at all like her Hunger Games trilogy of books. The new book is titled Year of the Jungle and it is an autobiographical picture book mean for much younger children. Still, the book will be out next Fall so … if this sounds interesting to you, you have something to look forward to.
“The Hunger Games” novelist Suzanne Collins has a new book coming out next year. The multimillion-selling children’s author has completed an autobiographical picture story scheduled for Sept. 10, 2013, Scholastic Inc. announced Thursday. The 40-page book will be called “Year of the Jungle,” based on the time in Vietnam served by Collins’ father, a career Air Force officer. “Year of the Jungle” is her first book since 2010’s “Mockingjay,” the last of “The Hunger Games” trilogy that made Collins an international sensation … Collins’ next project will be intended for ages 4 and up, a younger audience than those who have read, and re-read, her dystopian stories about young people forced to hunt and kill each other. But “Year of the Jungle” will continue, in a gentler way, the author’s exploration of war. James Proimos, an old friend from her days as a television writer who helped persuade Collins to become a children’s author, illustrated the book. “For several years I had this little wicker basket next to my writing chair with the postcards my dad had sent me from Vietnam and photos of that year. But I could never quite find a way into the story. It has elements that can be scary for the audience and it would be easy for the art to reinforce those. It could be really beautiful art but still be off-putting to a kid, which would defeat the point of doing the book,” Collins, 50, said in a statement released by Scholastic … According to Scholastic, “Year of the Jungle” will tell of a little girl named Suzy and her fears after her father leaves for war. She wonders when he’ll come back and “feels more and more distant” as he misses family gatherings. He does return, but he has changed and his daughter must learn that “he still loves her just the same.”
This sounds really cute, tho prolly not up my alley. But, I can think of a few young’ns that this book might make a nice gift for. Additionally, Collins‘s series of books titled The Underland Chronicles (which were published before The Hunger Games trilogy) will be republished next year. Now that Collins has found much success with her Games, it makes sense that she would try to use that fame to her advantage.