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The Hunger Games

Format:  Hardcover,

374 pages

Publisher: Scholastic

Publish Date: Oct 2008

ISBN-13: 9780439023481

ISBN-10: 0439023483

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Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival

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Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: Oct 2008
ISBN-13: 9780439023481
ISBN-10: 0439023483
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 374
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 8.5 x 1.5

About the author

Biography of Collins, Suzanne

Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. She was born in Hartford, Connecticut and graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. Collins went on to receive an M.F.A. from New York University in dramatic writing. Since 1991, she has been a writer for children's television shows. She has worked on the staffs of several shows including Clarissa Explains it All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear and Oswald.

She also co-wrote the Rankin/Bass Christmas special, Santa, Baby! and was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days. Her books include When Charlie McButton Lost Power, The Underland Chronicles, and the Hunger Games Trilogy. Book one of this trilogy, The Hunger Games, became a major motion picture in 2012 with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence portraying the main character of Katniss Everdeen.

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2008-12-09)

In a far-future United States, a cruel Capitol keeps order by demanding an annual tribute for its Hunger Games, in which two contestants, a boy and a girl, are chosen by lottery from each of 12 districts to fight to the death in an event televised from an arena. Katniss Everdeen lives in what used to be Appalachia and is now called the Seam-a dirt-poor district without much hope of success in the games.

Katniss volunteers in her sister's place and may just have the smarts to win. Then Peeta, the soft baker's son chosen from her same district, does something surprising. He declares his undying affection for Katniss just before they enter the arena. Is there room for friendship, loyalty, or even love when survival is on the line? Why It Is a Best: Collins's prose is merely serviceable, but she writes compelling characters and spins one terrific yarn.

The premise is good to begin with, and the surprises keep coming. Why It Is for Us: In this fight to the death, the book's violence is cringe-worthy by even the most jaded standards. The exploitation of the desperate and impoverished for the entertainment of the wealthy and powerful is a theme reminiscent of Stephen King's The Long Walk or The Running Man. King himself makes the comparison in his Entertainment Weekly review of the book, saying "I couldn't stop reading".-Angelina Benedetti, King Cty. Lib. Syst., WA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Virginia Reader's Choice Awards, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2011 (United States)
  • American Library Association Notable Books for Children, 2009 (United States)
  • New York State Charlotte Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Young Reader's Choice Award, 2011 (United States)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2008 (United States)
  • Garden State Teen Book Award, 2011 (United States)
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Bilby (Books I Love Best Yearly) Award, 2012 (Australia)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Beehive Young Adults' Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2009 - 2010 (United States)
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, 2009 - 2010 (United States)
  • Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin), 2011 (United States)
  • Nevada Young Reader's Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Maryland Children's Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • California Young Reader Medal, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2008 (United States)
  • Teen Buckeye Book Award, 2009 (United States)
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2011 - 2012 (United States)
  • SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2011 (United States)
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Bluegrass Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Book Sense Book of the Year, 2009 (United States)
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award, 2011 (United States)
  • Golden Sower Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 2010 (United States)
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)

Book description

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning?

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 66reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by The Best YA Book I've Read in a Long Time Wow. Wow, wow, wow--this book is incredible! Deep and gripping, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. The story was so unique and amazing. It's hard to explain it. It's about a futuristic time when there is one capital city with several lesser cities around it. There was a time when a few of the cities rose up against the capital city, but the uprising was crushed and now the capital is trying to make sure that their authority is never compromised again. As part of this, they subject everybody to the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl from each of the cities have to compete in them. Names are randomly pulled from a certain age group, and everyone has to submit their name. When Katniss' little sister's name is chosen, she steps forward to take her place. This is something no one has done before, because in the bloody Hunger Games, there is only one person to win--the sole survivor. 09/08/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by A deeper look into the darkness of people's heart I must say that very few books ever emotionally pull me in, and when I say very few I mean two against the roughly 100 or so books I've read (this is not an overexaggeration either), but by the time I was finished with this novel I could feel that stupid pull at my heart that was telling me I will never forget reading this book and I will never forget the characters. Most of the reason may lie with Katniss to be honest. In the book Katniss hates how the Capitol can just take children away and send them into a game where they have to kill each other. She also finds it sick that the people in the capitol actually sit there and watch the games (watch these people really dieing! Really killing!) and just laugh and bet on it and find it entertaining. My hatered for this kind of thing is the same if not more. I mean really!But here's the thing. The book is good, and not only is it good, but Suzanne really makes you face the facts. I mean watching horror movies isn't all that different. Even though you know the people arn't really dieing, and that they're perfectly fine, how could you stand to see someone murdered like that? And especially when stuff like that really does happen to people. To say that this book had no effect on me besides being really awesome would be a lie. This book made me really look around at what's happening in the world, and the darkness in people, and in myself.I think that I might be being to deep for a review, but thats my thoughts and I wanted to let them out somewhere.And if all this deepness didn't get to you there's romance, lot's of action, and the book keeps you of the edge of your seet the whole time Katniss is in the hunger games (ok well maybe not the whole time, but at least 89% of the time)! I really hope you check it out, because it's a great book! I'm going to get the second one right now! 06/15/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Beyond expectations!!!! I read a lot of books. I normally dont write reviews for them. This is my first. Lately, it seems harder and harder to find books with good plots that can keep you interested from beginning to end. A lot of books have the same situations and love interests and so on. This book took me by surprise. The author really pulls you in and you feel like you are right there. Would you make the same decisions if you were in Katniss and Peeta's place? Would you be as strong, thoughtful, and caring when your life depends on it? Would you be selfish, cold hearted, and go against everything you believe in to survive? The description of life in this book is so real and bellievable. The situations that Katniss and others are put in will bring you to tears. There is romance as well. I read this book in only a couple of hours. Bought the second book and read it the very next two days. I couldn't stop thinking what would happen when I had to put the books down. Cant wait for the third book. Im still wondering what will happen!! Must have!!! 07/07/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by AMAZING!!!! This was one of the best books I've read in some time. I could not put it down and read it in just one sitting. 10/07/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by It is an amazing book. My 16 year old grandaughter ask me to read it. I couldn't put it down. Keeps you right on the edge all the time, but the ending kind of leaves you hanging as there are two more follow-up books in the series. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!!!! 11/29/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent read Very much enjoyed the book. At first was taken back by the story line, but quickly got realed in and couldn't put it down. 09/23/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Addicted I couldn't put the book down. It's awesome! Enough said. 01/02/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by ADDICTED love, love, loved this book, once i finished the first i was so hooked, i went out and bought catching fire the next day! never read a book so fast in my life 01/28/2011
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