'Hunger Games' Author Suzanne Collins Plans A Picture Book

Year of the JungleIt's not exactly another "Hunger Games" (okay, it's not at all another "Hunger Games"), but the next book to come from YA literary mastermind Suzanne Collins might explain how it is that the author is so eerily good at depicting what it's like to live in a nation at war. Per her publisher, Scholastic, Suzanne is at work now on an autobiographical picture book based on her experiences as the child of a war veteran. The book, "Year of the Jungle," will be illustrated by James Proimos and explores the challenges and fears faced by a young Suzanne during the year that her father spent in Vietnam:

What is the jungle like? Will her father be safe? When will he return? The months slip by, marked by the passing of the familiar holidays and the postcards that her father sends. With each one, he feels more and more distant, and when he returns, Suzy must learn that even though war has changed him, he still loves her just the same.

Needless to say, this looks to be much more of a feel-good journey than the violent dystopian series that made Suzanne famous—it is for children, after all—but for fans of the author, this should be an interesting peek into the history behind her creative process.

"Year of the Jungle" hits bookstores in fall 2013.

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