Suzanne Collins "One of the most memorable things I hear is when someone tells me that my books got a reluctant reader to read"

Growing Up

Suzanne was born August 10th, 1962 in Hartford Connecticut. She has three siblings and was a daughter of a father in the military so she spent most of her childhood moving around the states and overseas. In college she graduated for Alabama School of Fine Arts and Indiana University with degrees in Theater and Telecommunications.

Climb to Fame

Collins started off her writing in 1991 with children's television shows. Clifford was one of the more notable ones. Then, in 2003 she hit her stride with the Gregor the Overlander series. With it, she reached the New York Times bestseller list. In 2008, she topped that when she published the Hunger Games series which also became a New York Times bestseller, but she reached her peak fame with it as it once put on the big screens and became a hit movie series.

About Gregor the Overlander

"When eleven-year-old Gregor follows his two-year-old sister, Boots, through a grate in their New York City apartment building's laundry room, they discover an amazing Underland world filled with giant talking cockroaches, bats, spiders, and rats. There lies the kingdom of Regalia, inhabited by pale-skinned, violet-eyed humans called Underlanders. Gregor's appearance sparks a war between the Underlanders and the rats, and he finds himself the reluctant subject of a strange prophecy. But when he learns that his missing father has been imprisoned by the rats for more than two years, Gregor embarks upon a dangerous quest to save his father and the Underlanders." -http://www.storysnoops.com

About Gregor the Overlander: Prophecy of Bane

"Gregor learns of his role in another Underland prophecy, yet he swears he will never return to that place. But his vow crumbles when his little sister, Boots, is snatched. Gregor knows it is a ploy to lure him to the subterranean world, but he gives in and heads back underground, where he is reunited with his bat, Ares, the princess Luxa, and new allies. Together, they descend into the deadly Waterway in search of an ominous rat known as Bane. But Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland." -https://www.buffalolib.org

Personal Review of Books

Collins brings you in through her story lines and character development. The trials that Gregor goes through along with the Underlanders keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the read. They are books in which you rally around the characters early, with Gregor becoming the hero he is meant to be, and with his close interactions with Luxa and his bat Ares. For me, with the first two books, once I got going I did not want to put the books down. You want to know how all the drama will unfold at the end, and when it does you are ready for more. Luckily, there are five books in the Underlander series and three in the Hunger Game series, so there is plenty to keep a reader entertained.

Book Review from Critic Matt Berman

QUALITY (5 Stars)

In this first part of a planned five-part series, first-time children's novelist Collins gets it just right. There are strong characters, vivid descriptions, flawless pacing, breathless excitement, laughs and scares, and a vision that makes this fantasy very different from the flood of fantasies filling up bookstores since Harry Potter. This is one that will keep kids turning the pages and begging for the sequel.

Reading of Original Prophecy in Gregor the Overlander

Application of Books as a Teacher

These books are more of an entertainment read. With that being said, they are still great descriptive stories if you want your students to focus on details. They are also books that will keep the reader engaged. If you can get your students hooked on them then they will at least be reading. You can never go wrong as a teacher when your kids are taking time to be reading.

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Fun facts on Suzanne Collins

  • She lives with her family in Connecticut
  • She is married and has two children
  • In 2010, she was named the most influential person by Time Magazine
  • While writing she tends to leave space for her characters to develop throughout instead of deciding who they are right from the start

Hollywood Portrayal of Hunger Games

Quotes from her books

“You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.”-Mockingjay

“And then he gives me a smile that just seems so genuinely sweet with just the right touch of shyness that unexpected warmth rushes through me.”-Hunger Games

“At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.”-Catching Fire

“My spirit. This is a new thought. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but it suggests I'm a fighter. In a sort of brave way. It's not as if I'm never friendly. Okay, maybe I don't go around loving everybody I meet, maybe my smiles are hard to come by, but i do care for some people.”-Hunger Games

“For the last year his grandma had been slipping in and out of reality. One minute she was as clear as a bell and the next she was calling him Simon. Who was Simon? He had no idea.”-Gregor the Overlander

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