No, Suzanne Collins’ next book is not going to revisit Panem and Katniss Everdeen, but like The Hunger Games, it will focus on a young girl dealing with the harsh realities of war. Scholastic announced today that it will release Year of the Jungle, an autobiographical picture book, on Sept. 10, 2013. Illustrated by James Proimos, the book centers on Suzy, who must cope with her father’s absence as he serves in Vietnam. She counts down the days until her father’s return, and when he finally comes back, Suzy finds that the war has changed him but he loves her all the same. In a press release, Collins explained the inspiration behind Year of the Jungle:
The publisher promises that Year of the Jungle will be suitable for a much younger audience than The Hunger Games and will depict war in a way that is “sympathetic rather than scary, relatable rather than raw.”
Scholastic also announced today the release of the new trade paperback edition of Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, slated for a June 4 release, and re-packaged editions of Collins’ The Underland Chronicles, also slated for Summer 2013.
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