The Hunger Games' publisher has announced new sales figures for the best-selling book trilogy. The update was the first since January of U.S. in-print figures for the series.
The series has grown steadily since fall 2008 and The Hunger Games has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for three consecutive years. Readers flocked to the books in anticipation of the release of the record-setting "The Hunger Games" movie.
As of today, Scholastic has more than 36.5 million copies of the original three books in The Hunger Games trilogy in print in the U.S. (more than 17.5 million copies of The Hunger Games; more than 10 million copies of Catching Fire; and more than 9 million copies of Mockingjay).
"Suzanne Collins has created a vivid and compelling future world that has captivated both teen and adult readers and is sure to become a classic," said Ellie Berger, president, Scholastic Trade Publishing. "We are proud to be her publisher and we join readers everywhere in celebrating her amazing talent."
First published in September 2008, The Hunger Games was an instant bestseller, appealing to both teen readers and adults. It has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 180 consecutive weeks since publication, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. The Hunger Games and its sequels, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, have occupied the top three spots on the USA Today bestseller list for 10 of the last 11 weeks. Foreign publishing rights for The Hunger Games trilogy have been sold into 47 territories.
Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television on such shows as Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo and Wow Wow Wubbzy. She made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles.
Collins continued to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age in the award-winning and bestselling The Hunger Games trilogy. In 2010 Collins was named to the TIME 100 list as well as the Entertainment Weekly Entertainers of the Year list. In 2011 Fast Company named her to their 100 Most Creative People in Business. She lives with her family in Connecticut.
Scholastic Corp. is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. The company distributes its products and services worldwide through a variety of channels, including school-based book clubs and book fairs, retail stores, schools, libraries, on-air, and online at www.scholastic.com.
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