Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
MLA Citation: Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.
Awards/Honors: #1 New York Times Bestseller
Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2008: Children’s Fiction
New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2008
ALA Top ten Best Books for Young Adults Selection
Indies Choice – Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book Honor
Cybil Award – Fantasy & Science Fiction (2008)
Children’s Choice Book Award (2009)
YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten (2009)
Kirkus Best Book of 2008
Annotation: Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are competing against teens from the other Panem districts in the Hunger Games, an event televised to all the districts. These are no ordinary games, though – the contestants must fight to the death.
Booktalk: Every year Panem holds The Hunger Games, a fight-to-the-death televised competition that The Capitol uses to remind the Districts of the power they have over them and commemorate the ending of the Dark Days. Twelve through eighteen-year-olds have their names entered every year into the drawing – and they can enter their name more times every year to get rations for their family. Katniss has twenty entries at the age of sixteen. Gale, her hunting partner and friend, has fourty-two names at age eighteen. The odds are not in their favor. When Katniss ends up a Hunger Games tribute, she must fight for her life.
Straight from the Teens: Kaleb (14) says “The Hunger Games really got me to start reading. I just couldn’t imagine being in the tributes position. Or the government forcing their people to do this!!”
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