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Scholastic, which published Suzanne Collins’ successful The Hunger Games trilogy, said today that it will be publishing Collins’ next book, Year of the Jungle.
The publisher said that the book will be released on Sept. 10, 2013. The illustrations were done by Collins’ lifetime friend, James Proimos, who the author credits as getting her interested in writing children’s books while they were working in the children’s TV business.
Although it is a children’s book, Collins drew on her experiences while her father was serving in the Vietnam War to write the book. Year of the Jungle tells the story of young Suzy, who is dealing with the absence of her father. As the year rolls on, he feels farther away, but when he returns, she learns that he still loves her.
In a statement, Collins talked about how her books have appealed to different audiences. Her new book is intended for ages four and up.
“The Underland Chronicles, with its fantasy world and eleven-year old protagonist, Gregor, was designed for middle readers,” she said. “The Hunger Games Trilogy features a teen narrator, Katniss Everdeen, and a stark dystopian backdrop for the YA audience. Year of the Jungle attempts to reach the picture book readers by delving into my own experience as a first grader with a father deployed in Viet Nam.”
According to The New York Times, this is Collins’ first book since the last part of the Hunger Games trilogy was published in 2010.
Scholastic says that 50 million copies of the three Hunger Games books have been sold and Lionsgate is currently working on its film adaptation of Catching Fire. That film will be released on Nov. 22, 2013.