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The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 13+
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 810L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2008
NO. PAGES: 420
GENRE{S}: Science Fiction, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Female
SERIES: The Hunger Games
SEQUEL: Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Book #2)
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
Kirkus Reviews - Best Young Adult or Starred Review
YALSA Top 10 Best Books for Young Adults
Horn Book Fanfare
ISBN: 0439023483
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
The Hunger Games—Book Review

Some time in the future, after the destruction of what used to be the United States, a new country is formed with a Capitol that exerts complete control over its twelve districts. To keep the districts from uprising, the Capitol has created the annual Hunger Games, where one boy and one girl, called Tributes, are picked from each district to fight to the death on live television. Facing obstacles such as fire bombs, starvation, dehydration, hypothermia, and extreme weather conditions, the last tribute alive is the victor. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the games, she knows that the skills she's developed to survive in her district will be put to the ultimate test.
The Scoop
The Hunger Games—Book Review
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The first installment in the Hunger Games trilogy is an exciting page-tuner, ideal for the reluctant reader. Not surprisingly, the premise of the story leads to violence. Somewhat gory, there are descriptions of teens killing each other with bows and arrows, rocks, and spears. One tribute, who is attacked by a genetically altered pack of killer dogs, suffers a slow and agonizing death. On a positive note, some of the characters form alliances resulting in demonstrations of loyalty and teamwork. Katniss is a strong, resourceful heroine who overcomes formidable obstacles to emerge victorious. Depending on your child's sensitivity level, this book may be most appropriate for teens.
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