It’s been a while since we have heard from our favorite author Suzanne Collins, so what it treat it was to discover that Suzanne Collins, along with author Walter Dean Myers attended a panel discussion yesterday at Book Expo America (BEA) where they discussed the topic of writing about war for young people. Suzanne has a new children’s book about her father in Vietnam titled Year of the Jungle available in the Fall 2013.
Thanks to @Scholastic ‘s tweets, we have some information about what was discussed :
A very special event is about to happen here! “Suzanne Collins and Walter Dean Myers: Writing About War for Young People” Tweets tk.
“I kept seeing romanticized versions of war,” says Walter Dean Myers; says he knows what it’s like to worry when the phone rings at night.
“Year of the Jungle” is Suzanne’s upcoming pb about her father in Viet Nam; Walter’s “Invasion” is about WW2
Suzanne Collins used her personal artifacts–letters,postcards from her father in Viet Nam; dolls, jewelry. Interviewed siblings.
Suzanne’s father came back from Viet Nam with drive to educate her & her siblings about war. Her “unique education” led to this book.
Is something a necessary or unnecessary war? Jungle is an entree into the concept of war. Underland Chronicles deals w unnecessary……And Hunger Games deals with a necessary war, says Suzanne Collins. By Mockingjay, they’ve come full circle.
Hunger Games idea came from channel surfing, Suzanne reminds us. We’re so overloaded with imagery now that we become desensitized.
If you don’t have an idea of what propaganda is how can you know when it’s being fed to you? Suzanne wonders.
On the importance of war books for kids: they need to know the realities, bc they’ll be making decisions about war in the future, says SC.
Standing ovation in the room for Suzanne Collins and Walter Dean Myers.
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