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The Hunger Games – part 1

Posted on April 06, 2012 by Lauren

I was recently in a grade 7 class during DEAR where at least 5 copies of The Hunger Games trilogy were being read, a table group was huddled over the People magazine Hunger Games special edition and another student returned from the library complaining that the school never has an available copy to borrow (they have 6 copies of the first book). As an elementary or secondary educator, it is impossible to ignore the tremendous popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy and recently released movie. It seems that we just can’t get enough.

If you have somehow managed to escape The Hunger Games craze then I would encourage you to get your hands on the book for two reasons. #1 – If you work with kids and/or young adults then you will benefit from being knowledgable about their interests. #2 – I can almost guarantee you will enjoy it yourself.

photo from: HungerTimes.com

Scholastic plot summary

Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see.

Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

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