Search Results: "Suzanne Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A humdinger of a cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for volume three. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
In the sequel to the hugely popular The Hunger Games (2008), Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, having won the annual Games, are now rich and famous—and trapped in the fiction that they are lovers. Read full book review >

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GREGOR AND THE PROPHECY OF BANE by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Yessss! (Fiction. 9-14)"
When giant cockroaches kidnap his baby sister Boots from Central Park, Gregor knows that he has no choice but to descend to the Underland to find her. Read full book review >

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YEAR OF THE JUNGLE by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With a notable lack of patriotic rhetoric or clichés about bravery and honor, Collins holds firm to her childhood memories, creating a universal story for any child whose life is disrupted by war. Important and necessary. (Picture book. 4-10)"
First-grader Suzy's father is in the jungles of Vietnam for a year. Read full book review >

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GREGOR AND THE MARKS OF SECRET by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"The cliffhanger ending will leave readers gasping as Gregor goes chasing another prophecy, the direst yet. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In this, the penultimate volume in "The Underland Chronicles," Collins begins to gather herself for the grand finale. Read full book review >

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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. (Science fiction. 11 & up)"
Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. Read full book review >

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GREGOR AND THE CODE OF CLAW by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"The resolution is bittersweet but faintly hopeful—a fitting end for an unflinchingly gutsy series whose deftly drawn characters have always lived dangerously. (Fiction. 9-12)"
At the opening of this, the fifth and final entry in The Underland Chronicles, Gregor discovers why no one has told him what's in "The Prophecy of Time": He is to die. Read full book review >

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GREGOR AND THE CURSE OF THE WARMBLOODS by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Although no further prophecy is unveiled at the end to explicitly promise another sequel, readers will surely be hoping for one. (Fiction. 9-14)"
For the third time, Gregor and his stolid little sister Boots descend to the Underland in fulfillment of a prophecy, in a story that delivers the breakneck adventure and strong characters readers have come to expect. Read full book review >

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GREGOR THE OVERLANDER by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Wonderful. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Gregor's luminous, supremely absorbing quest takes place in a strange underground land of giant cockroaches, rideable bats, and violet-eyed humans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"It will grab them and not let go, and if it leaves them with questions, well, then, it's probably exactly the book Collins was hoping for, too."
Another season, another embargoed Big Book. Read full book review >

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WHEN CHARLIE MCBUTTON LOST POWER by Suzanne Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Unlikely to work as behavior modification, but young geeks may take a break from their screens to enjoy the over-the-top art. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A computer-game addict temporarily turns into a raving lunatic when a power failure shuts down his PC, and Lester is well up to the task of portraying his breakdown. Read full book review >

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GERMS by Ross Collins
by Ross Collins, illustrated by Ross Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2004

"The premise of a good-hearted chicken-pox germ that can choose to work against illness doesn't make sense and belies the implied science education, but well-designed pictures provide cartoony amusement for the snot-loving crowd. (fact file) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sweet, eagerly gross illustrations improve this tale that's unsure whether it wants to be partly educational or just goofy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SLEEPY SONGBIRD by Suzanne Barton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This sleepy narrative doesn't ever really wake up. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A small bird named Little Peep wants to join the other birds singing at sunrise, but he discovers that he isn't an early riser. Read full book review >