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Suzanne Collins

USA (1964 - )

Since 1991, Suzanne Collins has been busy writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains it All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. For preschool viewers, she penned multiple stories for the Emmy-nominated Little Bear and Oswald. She also co-wrote the critically acclaimed Rankin/​Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! Most recently she was the Head Writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days,and a freelancer on Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!

While working on a Kids WB show called Generation O! she met children's author James Proimos, who talked her into giving children's books a try.

Thinking one day about Alice in Wonderland, she was struck by how pastoral the setting must seem to kids who, like her own, lived in urban surroundings. In New York City, you're much more likely to fall down a manhole than a rabbit hole and, if you do, you're not going to find a tea party. What you might find...? Well, that's the story of Gregor the Overlander, the first book in her five-part fantasy/​war series, The Underland Chronicles.

She currently lives in Connecticut with her family and a pair of feral kittens they adopted from their backyard.
Suzanne Collins recommends

Black Hole Sun (2010)
(Black Hole Sun, book 1)
David MacInnis Gill
"Rockets readers to new frontiers... action-packed."

The Fox Inheritance (2011)
(Jenna Fox Chronicles, book 2)
Mary E Pearson
"Riveting, thought-provoking."

The Eleventh Plague (2011)
Jeff Hirsch
"The Eleventh Plague hits disturbingly close to home... An excellent, taut debut novel."

Dead City (2012)
(Dead City, book 1)
James Ponti
"James Ponti cleverly weaves Manhattan history into an action-packed plot to breathe new life into the zombie genre."

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