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The Hunger Games

Format:  Paperback,

374 pages

Publisher: Scholastic

Publish Date: Feb 2012

ISBN-13: 9780545425117

ISBN-10: 0545425115

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The New York Times bestselling The Hunger Games, with an all-new cover from the major motion picture
The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover. (Original cover version also available.)
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 and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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Publisher: Scholastic
Publish Date: Feb 2012
ISBN-13: 9780545425117
ISBN-10: 0545425115
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 374
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 8.0 x 0.75
Walmart No.: 9780545425117

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)
  • Maryland Children's Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2011 - 2012 (United States)
  • Bilby (Books I Love Best Yearly) Award, 2012 (Australia)
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 2012 (United States)
  • Volunteer State Book Award, 2010 - 2011 (United States)

Book description

The New York Times bestselling The Hunger Games, with an all-new cover from the major motion picture!

The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover. (Original cover version also available.)

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 and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5★ by 2reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Hunger Games The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a novel written for young adults. I can certainly see why the novel was such a hit. The novel struck many themes like: survival, love, work, poverty and many more. It was easy and quick to read and it was full of action which made the novel so exciting. The constant suspense that goes on in the novel makes the reader to turn page after page. What I liked about the book was that the protagonist was a girl that carried a bow and arrow. I recommend this book to people who have an open mind to what the world could come to. I mean this book really puts one to think on how crazy it'll get if the world were to try surviving in a world like in the Hunger Games. I think that this book should be taught in schools rather than those old boring books that no one really cares about. The Hunger Games will make students enjoy what they are being taught. I say this because its a book that is worth your time. To be honest, ill say that the first two chapters are "boring" (not full of action), but from there on the book keeps on getting better and it causes the reader to keep reading without realizing that one is all into it. 12/19/2012
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