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Suzanne Collins

A presentation on American cartoon writer and author Suzanne Collins.
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Kelli Baer

on 28 April 2010

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Works When Charlie McButton Lost Power Picture Book (2005) "Charlie McButton likes computer games so much he doesn't play anything else - so when the power goes out - he's really in the dark. His desperate search for batteries invloves his sister's toys and some nasty behavior before he settles down to realize what's truly important in his life." - Midwest Book Review Ages 4-8 Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award Gregor the Overlander Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane Fiction Subjects include: electricity, brothers and sisters, video games, power failures, plays, stories in rhyme, and humor. When eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister are pulled into a strange underground world, they trigger an epic battle involving men, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders while on a quest foretold by ancient prophecy. Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award: Grades 6-8 Young Hoosier Book Award: Intermediate Books Grades 2-8 Fiction Subjects included: brothers and sisters, prophecies, travel, heros, animals, adventure, and fantasy fiction. In his second adventure, eleven-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City to rescue his kidnapped sister, Boots, and fufill a prophecy that will restore peace to the people, bats, rats, cockroaches, and spiders who populate the underworld. Fiction Grades 3-8 Subjects included: missing children, quests, heros, friendships, fantasy fiction, and New York City. Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods Eleven-year-old Gregor and his sister, Boots, return to the Underworld beneath New York City to find the cure for a terrible plague that threatens the life of their mother, as well as the lives of the people, bats, and rats who populate the underworld. Grades 3-8 Fiction Subjects included: prophecies, mother and child, animals, disease, curses, and fantasy fiction. Gregor and the Marks of Secret Twelve-year-old Gregor returns to the world beneath New York City, where he joins forces with Princess Lexa and Ripred the Rat to defend the Underlanders and Nibblers from the army led by the adolescent rat king, The Bane. Fiction Grades 3-8 Subjects included: rats, mice, rescues, secrets, princesses, and fantasy fiction. Gregor and the Code of Claw When twelve-year-old Gregor finally learns the ancient prophecy, which fortells his death, he must gather his courage to defend Regalia from the army of rats, take his mother and sister home safely, and fight his own dark side. Grades 3-9 Fiction Subjects included: heros, animals, secrets, curses, and fantasy fiction. Catching Fire Grades 6-12 Fiction By winning the annual Hunger Games, district 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. Subjects included: survival, contests, revenge, competition, sisters, science fiction, fantasy fiction, and first-person narratives. Booklist Editors' Choice - Book for Youth - Older Reader's Category: 2009 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2010 The Hunger Games Grades 5-12 Fiction ALA Notable Children's Books: Older Reader's Category 2009 Amelia Bloomer's List Booklist Editors' Choice - Books of Youth - Older Reader's Category 2008 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers Kentucky Bluegrass Award: Grades 9-12 New York Times Notable Books - Children's Books: 2008 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award - Best Mainstream & Chick Lit Fiction: 2008 School Library Journal Best Books: 2008 Teen Buckeye Book Award Thumbs Up! Award YALSA Best Books for Young Adults: 2009 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers: 2009 In the future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting twelve young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. Subjects included: survial, competition, sisters, North America, first-person narratives, science fiction, and fantasy fiction. Fire Proof Older Kids Fiction In London as part of a cultural student exchange program, Shelby Woo and her friends, Vince and Angie, find themselves investigating a strange case of arson after a fire breaks out during a performance of "Romeo and Juliet" and shuts down the theater. Subjects included: England, friendship, American mystery stories, arson, Chinese-American teenagers, and dectives. Suzanne Collins Biography Since 1991, Suzanne has worked on the sets of several Nickelodeon Shows including Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Penned multiple stories for Little Bear and Oswald. Currently lives in Connecticut with her family. Grew up all over the world due to the fact that her father was in the military. Grew up loving Greek Mytholody. Doesn't think she'd win the Hunger Games if she was in them. Will be releasing her next book in the Hunger Game series, Mockingjay, in August of 2010. When Suzanne was 6, her father was gone for the entire year - in Vietnam. Found it easy to write from the view point of Gregor since she had so many friends that were boys when she was Gregor's age. Enjoyed gymnastics, reading, and running as a young adolescent. Loves bats, chocolate, and water! Has two older sisters and one older brother. Lived in New York City for sixteen years. Interview Print Interview - www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/events.htm Things that she and Gregor are a lot alike. They both want to do the right thing, and they have both changed a lot of dirty diapers. Lived in New York City for 16 years. Her father was in the Air Force and therefore she and her family moved around a lot. Is unsure as to whether or not she was destined to be an author, but she does think it would be very fascinating to have dinner with Ripred, a character from her Gregor series. Media Interview This interview can be view on YouTube by typing in Suzanne Collins Borders Interview. There are 5 parts to the interview. - www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDNJd192Tcw&feature=related Border's Book Club with Suzanne Collins While flipping between reality shows and footage of the Iraq war, Suzanne got this idea for The Hunger Games. She used to be obsessed with the gladiator games and greek mythology as a child. She wanted to create a story that combined reality with war. There is a Scholastic online game that is based on The Hunger Games....Suzanne lost. She thought it was funny that she lost at a game in which she created. After losing, she agreed that she would not have won The Hunger Games if she was really involved in them. In each of her books, Suzanne answers one dramatic question. When the question is answered, she moves on to the next book. She does this so she doesn't create one book that is 1,500 pages long. My Favorite Favorite of the Gregor series Websites/Resources www.suzannecollinsbooks.com - This website contains all up to date information about Suzanne along with some great links to accompany it. Citations/Sources www.suzannecollinsbooks.com www.youtube.com The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy - From Literary Reference Center www.scholastic.com - About this Book: The Hunger Games www.scholastic.com - About this Book: Mockingjay NoveList Online Database Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the curse of the Warmbloods by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Marks of Secret by Suzanne Collins When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins www.scholastic.com - This website contatins a variety of lesson plans, book overview, activities, and teacher resources that meet the needs of all grade levels. www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/38743.aspx www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/38743.aspx This website provides teachers with lesson plans for fiction. A specific lesson plan for The Hunger Games is given at this website. Created by: Kelli Baer
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