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Suzanne Collins Biography & Facts

Suzanne Collins (born August 10, 1962) is an American author and television writer. She is best known as the author of the young adult dystopian book series The Hunger Games. She is also the author of the children's fantasy series The Underland Chronicles. Early life Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Jane Brady Collins (born 1931) and Lieutenant Colonel Michael John Collins (1931–2003), a U.S. Air Force officer who served in the Korean and the Vietnam War. She is the youngest of four children, who include Kathryn (born 1957), Andrew (born 1958), and Joan (born 1960). As the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving. She spent her childhood in the eastern United States.Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 as a Theater Arts major. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1985 with a double major in theater and telecommunications. In 1989, Collins earned her Master of Fine Arts in dramatic writing from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Career Collins began her career in 1991 as a writer for children's television shows. She worked on several shows for Nickelodeon, including Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, Oswald and Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!. She was also the head writer for the PBS spin-off Clifford's Puppy Days. She received a Writers Guild of America nomination in animation for co-writing the critically acclaimed 2001 Christmas special, Santa, Baby! After meeting children's author James Proimos while working on the Kids' WB show Generation O!, Collins felt inspired to write children's books herself.Her inspiration for Gregor the Overlander, the first book of The New York Times best-selling series The Underland Chronicles, came from Alice in Wonderland, when she was thinking about how one was more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole, and would find something other than a tea party. Between 2003 and 2007 she wrote the five books of the Underland Chronicles: Gregor the Overlander, Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane, Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods, Gregor and the Marks of Secret, and Gregor and the Code of Claw. During that time, Collins also wrote a rhyming picture book, When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005), illustrated by Mike Lester. In September 2008, Scholastic Press released The Hunger Games, the first book of a trilogy by Collins. The Hunger Games was partly inspired by the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Another inspiration was her father's career in the Air Force, which gave her insight to poverty, starvation, and the effects of war. The trilogy's second book, Catching Fire, was released in September 2009, and its third book, Mockingjay, was released on August 24, 2010. Within 14 months, 1.5 million copies of the first two Hunger Games books were printed in North America alone. The Hunger Games was on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than 60 weeks in a row. Lions Gate Entertainment acquired worldwide distribution rights to a film adaptation of The Hunger Games, produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force production company. Collins adapted the novel for film herself. Directed by Gary Ross, filming began in late spring 2011, with Jennifer Lawrence portraying main character Katniss Everdeen. Josh Hutcherson played Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth played Gale Hawthorne. The subsequent two novels were adapted into films as well, with the latter book split into two cinematic installments, for a total of four films representing the three books. As a result of the popularity of The Hunger Games books, Collins was named one of Time magazine's most influential people of 2010. In March 2012, Amazon announced that she had become the best-selling Kindle author of all time. Amazon also revealed that Collins had written 29 of the 100 most highlighted passages in Kindle ebooks—and on a separate Amazon list of recently highlighted passages, she had written 17 of the top 20.On June 17, 2019, Collins announced that a prequel to The Hunger Games would be released on May 19, 2020. It is based on the life of future President Coriolanus Snow, 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games trilogy. On October 4, 2019 the title was revealed to be The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. A film adaptation, starring Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, was released on November 17, 2023. Personal life Collins married Charles Pryor in 1991, and they live in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. She has two children, Charlie and Isabel. Awards 2011 – California Young Reader Medal Publishers Weekly's Best Books of the Year: Children's Fiction An American Library Association Top 10 Best Books For Young Adult Selection An ALA Notable Children's Book 2008 CYBIL Award – Fantasy and Science Fiction KIRKUS Best Young Adult Book of 2008 A Horn Book Fanfare School Library Journal Best Books of 2008 A Book List Editor's Choice, 2008 NY Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004 NAIBA Children's Novel Award 2006 ALSC Notable Children's Recording (audio version) 2016 Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community (first time awarded to an author of young adult fiction)Publications The Underland Chronicles Gregor the Overlander (2003) Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (2004) Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (2005) Gregor and the Marks of Secret (2006) Gregor and the Code of Claw (2007)The Hunger Games series Original series The Hunger Games (2008) Catching Fire (2009) Mockingjay (2010)Prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020)Other books When Charlie McButton Lost Power (2005) Year of the Jungle (2013)References External links Official website Suzanne Collins at IMDb Suzanne Collins at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Suzanne Collins at Library of Congress, with 17 library catalog records. 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  • Ophelia Scale - Wie alles begann synopsis, comments

    Ophelia Scale - Wie alles begann

    Lena Kiefer

    Das packende exklusive Prequel zur »Ophelia Scale«TrilogieDie 14jährige Ophelia Scale ist neu in Brighton. Sie hat durch die staatliche Abkehr von jeder Technologie alles verloren:...

  • Loyalty synopsis, comments


    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE. INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN CHAPTER.'The Hunger Games meets The Road' MTVDon't look back. That's where the danger lies.With Grace left r...

  • The World of the Hunger Games synopsis, comments

    The World of the Hunger Games

    Kate Egan

    The definitive, richly illustrated, fullcolor guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in the Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen.Welcome to Pa...

  • The Hunger Pains synopsis, comments

    The Hunger Pains

    The Harvard Lampoon

    The hilarious instant New York Times bestseller, The Hunger Pains is a loving parody of the dystopian YA novel and film, The Hunger Games.Winning means wealth, fame, and a life of ...

  • Els Jocs de la Fam II. En flames synopsis, comments

    Els Jocs de la Fam II. En flames

    Suzanne Collins

    Totes les revolucions comencen amb una espurna.Contra tot pronòstic la Katniss i en Peeta han guanyat els Jocs de la Fam. Però per ara la recompensa d'una vida segura i sense compl...

  • Glory Gardens 7 - Down The Wicket synopsis, comments

    Glory Gardens 7 - Down The Wicket

    Bob Cattell

    When the Glory Gardens team discover that their ground has been sold to build a new hotel they decide to return to their roots and play the season's league games on Glory Garde...

  • The Wolves of Winter synopsis, comments

    The Wolves of Winter

    Tyrell Johnson

    A postapocalyptic debut novel in a tradition that includes The Hunger Games and Station Eleven, this vision of a possible future shows humanity pushed beyond its breaking point, th...

  • Journey Into Darkness synopsis, comments

    Journey Into Darkness

    John E. Douglas & Mark Olshaker

    New York Times bestselling author of Mindhunter John Douglas reveals more unique cases from his time as head of the FBI's elite Investigative Support Unit.In the #1 New York Times ...

  • Annihilation synopsis, comments


    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE. INCLUDES EXCLUSIVE NEVER BEFORE SEEN CHAPTER.'The Hunger Games meets The Road' MTVThis is the end of us all.For Hayden and Grace, the threat of w...

  • Of Cages and Crowns synopsis, comments

    Of Cages and Crowns

    Brianna Joy Crump

    Fire at her fingertips. Watch the world burn.When Monroe Benson was born with the power to summon fire from her fingertips, her family knew she had to stay hidden. But when Queen V...

  • The Catching Fire synopsis, comments

    The Catching Fire

    Kate Egan

    Catching Fire, the New York Times bestseller by Suzanne Collins, is now a major motion picture and this is your guide to all of the movie's excitement, both in front of the camera...

  • The Last City synopsis, comments

    The Last City

    H. J. Nelson

    In the highly anticipated sequel to The Last She, Ara, Kaden and Sam must learn the first rule of the apocalypse: Trust NO one. AraIs desperate to reunite with her father and put t...

  • Kingdom of Without synopsis, comments

    Kingdom of Without

    Andrea Tang

    A wily young thief must use her wits to survive futuristic, alternate history Beijing in this Les Misérables–inspired young adult cyberpunk that is perfect for fans of Six of Crows...

  • Moth to a Flame synopsis, comments

    Moth to a Flame

    Finn Longman

    The epic conclusion to the dark, twisting thriller trilogy about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life.   ‘An immersive, fastpaced thriller’ The Irish...

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    The Eve Illusion

    Giovanna Fletcher & Tom Fletcher


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    Carlos García Miranda

    Solo ha sido seleccionado para pelear por la presidencia contra los mejores chicos y chicas de la República. Él no quiere participar, lo único que le importa en la vida es cor...

  • The Panem Companion synopsis, comments

    The Panem Companion

    V. Arrow

    Go deeper into the home of the Hunger Games with the creator of the bestknown fan map of Panem What does Panem look like? How does Panem define race? How do Panem's districts refle...

  • Of Princes and Poisons synopsis, comments

    Of Princes and Poisons

    Brianna Joy Crump

    Once there were ten.Ten goddesstouched girls were born. Each was blessedor cursedwith a unique power that set them apart. As part of an ancient ritual called the Culling, they were...

  • The Fire Sermon synopsis, comments

    The Fire Sermon

    Francesca Haig

    Nuclear war, dystopian unrest, a genetic mutation that divides twins in life and unites them in deaththe “refreshingly nuanced” (Booklist, starred review) first novel in awardwinni...

  • The Map of Bones synopsis, comments

    The Map of Bones

    Francesca Haig

    Book Two in the critically acclaimed Fire Sermon postapocalyptic trilogy, “with its wellbuilt world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), is an ...

  • TITANEN - Lasst die Rennen beginnen synopsis, comments

    TITANEN - Lasst die Rennen beginnen

    Victoria Scott

    Ein Mädchen riskiert auf der Rennbahn alles, um ihre Familie vor dem Ruin zu rettenSeitdem die »Titanen« in Astrid Sullivans Nachbarschaft aufgetaucht sind, dreht sich ihr gesamtes...

  • The Visitors synopsis, comments

    The Visitors

    Caroline Scott

    From the highly acclaimed author of The Photographer of the Lost, a BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick, comes a tale of a young war widow and one lifechanging, sundrenched visit to Co...

  • The Girl in the Song synopsis, comments

    The Girl in the Song

    Michael Heatley & Frank Hopkinson

    The Girl in the Song tells the stories of 50 women who have inspired classic rock songs.Who was Emily in Pink Floyd's See Emily Play? What happened to Suzanne Verdal, immortalised ...

  • Cloak of War synopsis, comments

    Cloak of War

    Rhonda Mason

    The bloody tournament to determine the new empress of the intergalactic empire may be over, but for exiled princess Kayla Reinumon, the battle is just beginning. To free her home p...

  • The Hummingbird Killer synopsis, comments

    The Hummingbird Killer

    Finn Longman

    Friend by day. Traitor by night. The second book in the dark, twisting thriller trilogy about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life. Don't miss the epic conclusion to the...

  • Anarchy synopsis, comments


    Megan DeVos

    THIRTY MILLION READERS WORLDWIDE.'I reread them again recently and fell in love all over again!!!' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'I could NOT put it down' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐'READ IT! You'll love it' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The world is d...

  • The Butterfly Assassin synopsis, comments

    The Butterfly Assassin

    Finn Longman

    WINNER OF AN ABA AWARD. Innocent by day, killer by night: a dark, twisting thriller about a teen assassin’s attempt to live a normal life. Don't miss the second book in the trilogy...

  • AMANI - Heldin des Morgenrots synopsis, comments

    AMANI - Heldin des Morgenrots

    Alwyn Hamilton

    Das atemberaubende Finale der spektakulären FantasyTrilogie!Der Sultan vor Miraji steht kurz vor dem Sieg. Die Rebellen sind in alle Winde zerstreut, der Prinz ist in Gefangenschaf...

  • The Starving Games synopsis, comments

    The Starving Games

    Morgan Starnes

    The Starving Games is the dystopian tale of Sabrina Renolds, a sixteenyearold resident of Malaira, who takes the place of her boyfriend in the deadly Starving Games arena.  Th...

  • Ophelia Scale - Die Welt wird brennen synopsis, comments

    Ophelia Scale - Die Welt wird brennen

    Lena Kiefer

    Hoffnung ist stärker als Hass, Liebe ist stärker als FurchtDie 18jährige Ophelia Scale lebt im England einer nicht zu fernen Zukunft, in dem Technologie per Gesetz vom Regenten ver...