The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

“Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.”

Collins, Suzanne. (2012). The Hunger Games. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc. ISBN:9780545425117. Paperback. $12.99.

The Hunger Games! You’ve probably seen the movie(s) and you want to get more of the details into Suzanne Collins’ world; you want a better look into Katniss’ world. We’re only going to take a look at the first book, but it’s a trilogy so if you get hooked, be ready to strap in for two more books. In this dystopia, one boy and one girl from each of 13 Districts must participate in an annual fight to the death to appease the Capitol for a rebellion a long time ago. Meet Katniss Everdeen a 16-year-old from District 12. Her sister Primrose was selected but Katniss volunteers to take her place since she knows her sister would never stand a chance. Peeta, the boy selected from District 12 admits on television that he’s secretly in love with Katniss. With the Hunger Games fast approaching, they’ve got to figure out their feelings, and whether either of them will be able to survive. If one of them does, they’ll be touted as a hero for the rest of their days, or will they?

Awards won:

  • Cybils Awards for Fantasy & Science Fiction — Young Adult
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • Hal Clement Award
  • California Young Reader Medal: Young Adult

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