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See the new covers of Suzanne Collins' 'The Underland Chronicles' -- EXCLUSIVE


Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins not only wrote for TV shows like Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, but she also dreamed up another literary world for a slightly younger set of readers with The Underland Chronicles. The five-book fantasy series follows Gregor, a boy who discovers an underground city that’s home to giant spiders, bats, rats, and cockroaches as he finds himself on a search for his missing father. Like The Hunger Games, Gregor’s adventures explore larger themes, like war, biological warfare, and even genocide. If you missed The Underland Chronicles the first time around, you can get a new edition this summer, and EW has the first look at the cover art. Click through to see more!

FIRST UP: Book One, Gregor the Overlander

'Hunger Games' author Suzanne Collins' next book: 'Year of the Jungle'


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: READ FULL STORY

Katniss wears the crown: 'Hunger Games' supplants 'Harry Potter' as best selling-series on Amazon


Move on over, Harry.  It’s Katniss’s turn to wear the crown.

In a statement released today, announced  that  The Hunger Games trilogy has supplanted Harry Potter as the best-selling series of all time on the website.

“Since debuting in 2008, Katniss Everdeen and the Hunger Games have taken the world by storm, much as Harry Potter did a decade before,” Sara Nelson, the editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said.

In what is yet another testament to the immense popularity of Suzanne Collins’ post-apocalyptic novels, the three-part Hunger Games saga overtook the seven-book Harry Potter series in just four years.

The figures take both print and Kindle book sales into account.

Does this news have you itching for some Katniss? No need to fret, ‘The Hunger Games’ Blu-ray/DVD hits stores tomorrow.

'The Hunger Games' ignites the ALA's list of most challenged books


The Hunger Games movie may not have had trouble earning a PG-13 rating, but many parents and educators are wondering whether the best-selling book trilogy belongs on library shelves. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual list of most frequently challenged books of 2011 yesterday, and the increased popularity of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian saga — in large part fueled by buzz surrounding the blockbuster film — drove the books higher on the list. In 2010, only the first novel cracked the top ten at number five. In 2011, all three books occupy the number three position, and the complaints have grown more varied: “anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.” READ FULL STORY

E L James: 'The Hunger Games' 'upset me'

Bondage, spanking, blindfolding, and other adventurous forms of sexual expression? They’re no problem for E L James, author of the runaway erotic best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey. But James — a voracious reader with a collection of some 800 erotic romance novels at her home in London — admits she’s a little squeamish when it comes to The Hunger Games. “I read the first one,” she says, in an exclusive interview with EW. “It upset me, this society that murders children for sport. Murdering your children is a step too far!” She prefers the two subsequent books “when they stand up and fight back. I don’t think [The Hunger Games] is a great love story at all. It’s all about revolution.”

Still, James gives Suzanne Collins’s electrifying trilogy the highest of Jamesian praise: “It’s a ripping yarn,” she says. The Vintage Books edition of the author’s own ripping yarn, Fifty Shades of Grey, is on sale today; Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be published on April 17.

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Updated figures for 'The Hunger Games' books: More than 36.5M in print in the U.S. alone


In explaining the phenomenon fueling The Hunger Games film’s massive $155 million opening, many box office prognosticators referred to the 24 million copies of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy printed in the U.S. alone. But now it seems we’ve all been aiming our arrows far too low. Scholastic released updated figures today, and it looks like there are more than 36.5 million copies of Katniss Everdeen’s saga available domestically. Publishers are notoriously cagey about releasing sales data, but when the numbers are this robust, there’s reason to brag. Here’s the breakdown by book: READ FULL STORY

'The World of the Hunger Games' movie tie-in book: A first look!


The Gamemakers at Scholastic have been generous to fans hungry for more books about the movies. On Feb. 7, we got The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition, The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide.

Now, just in time for the movie, The World of the Hunger Games, the fourth and final tie-in book — at least until the Catching Fire movie comes out — has arrived today on a silver parachute. While the squeal-worthy Official Illustrated Movie Companion offered an incredible behind-the-scenes look at the real-life production of the film, World is an in-depth look at the fictional world of Panem — think of it as your Panem tour guide. (No, there’s still no official map!) READ FULL STORY

'Hunger Games': A great map of Panem -- PHOTO


As a Bilbo Baggins fan can tell you, a detailed map can greatly enhance the enjoyment of reading a novel that takes place in another world. The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, a North America that has been ravaged by war and geological catastrophes. Suzanne Collins has never given readers an official map of Panem, although fans have generated plenty of their own ideas of what Katniss’ world should look like. I’ve perused a lot of the maps out there — and seriously, we could make a Panem World Atlas out of all the amazing fan-generated work — and this one, created by Livejournalers aimmyarrowshigh and badguys is perhaps the best one I’ve seen. It’s both creative and meticulously justified based on Collins’ text. Before you see Panem in living color tomorrow, does this rendering match your vision of District placement? Check out a larger version of the map below: READ FULL STORY

'Charlotte's Web' tops list of '100 great books for kids'


Scholastic Parent & Child magazine released a new list of 100 great books for kids and gave the top spot to Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White’s classic children’s novel about a girl and a talking spider who join forces to save a pig from slaughter. Charlotte’s Web edged out the ubiquitous picture book Goodnight Moon. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone represented J.K. Rowling’s entire series in the No. 6 spot, and The Hunger Games, one of the newer titles on the list, claimed No. 33. I do applaud the exclusion of the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer — not all wildly popular franchises deserve to make the cut.

The list is meant to “generate controversy and conversation,” said Parent & Child editor-in-chief Nick Friedman, so if they’re inviting gripes, I have to complain about the placement of Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth (referred to as “Phantom T” on last night’s episode of New Girl) outside of the top 10 and the relative scarcity of Dr. Seuss. But mostly I appreciate being reminded of some great children’s books I haven’t thought about in a while, like Frog and Toad Are Friends and Hatchet.

Let’s “generate controversy and conversation!” What do you think of Scholastic’s list? Any surprise inclusions or exclusions?

See the trailer for 'The Hunger Pains,' the Harvard Lampoon's 'Hunger Games' parody -- EXCLUSIVE


Is there endless comedic potential in a dystopian novel about children who are forced to kill each other on national television? Of course there is, and the smartasses at the Harvard Lampoon have written what they promise to be a “scene-for-scene parody” of Suzanne Collins’ mega-best-selling YA novel The Hunger Games. The Hunger Pains (Feb. 7) follows the inept heroine Kantkiss (Katpiss?) Neverclean, a young girl living in the telemarketing district of Peaceland, who is forced to compete in the violent annual Hunger Games.

EW has obtained the satirical trailer for the movie spoof based on the parody of the book (one more level of irony and the world really will end), and it features celebrity cameos, impressive production values, and an incredible Effie Trinket doppelganger (Katie Amanda Keane as Effu Poorpeople). Watch below! READ FULL STORY

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