Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Hunger Games and Real teens speak! Brittany, 13

Annotation: A teenage girl in a dystopian fantasy world struggles with the inhumanity of being forced to fight other teens to the death in an annual battle to commemorate the dominance of the Capitol city over the districts she and the other competitors represent.

Book Talk:
The reaping has begun. Every year you’ve gathered here alongside everyone else from District 12, waiting to hear the names of the two children selected. You don’t bother hoping for an outcome because there can be no acceptable outcome. If your name isn’t called, then it will be the names of two of your friends, or worse, your brother or sister. And then the unlucky pair will be off to the Capitol, thrust into the arena to battle your way through a rigged fight to the death against the tributes from all the other districts. It doesn’t matter that this has happened every year of your life, as a reminder from the Capitol that the communities in the Districts like yours must always suffer and never again rebel; it will never feel anything less than sickening.

For Katniss Everdeen, the worst possible name is reaped. And in a shocking twist, she boldly volunteers herself as tribute, to protect those she loves most. But now she has to leave her friends, family and home behind and be transported immediately to The Capitol where a team awaits to transform and train her for the battle ahead. Katniss’s experience hunting illegally in the woods around District 12 has prepared her well and her archery skills make her a fierce opponent. But in the arena things are much more complicated that she expected and some tributes are harder to view as enemies and targets than others.

“Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.”

Can Katniss stay safe from the tributes who would kill her without a second thought? Can she find the nerve to turn off her conscience and ignore her humanity to kill other weaker tributes who stand in her way? Or will she choose the most risky course of all and undertake an unprecedented strategy for survival that could challenge the very core of The Hunger Games?

Brittany, age 13 loves Fantasy. She likes all genres of literature, but fantasy is her absolute favorite, so it’s no surprise that she’s a huge fan of The Hunger Games Trilogy! Brittany loves this trilogy because “It just never stops! And there’s a little bit of everything for everyone, from action to romance!” Brittany also likes the setting of the Hunger Games and “the whole idea of another world, or the future.”

Britney is eagerly awaiting the forthcoming Hunger Games movie and after you read the book, you probably will be too! Check out the new trailer!

"The Hunger Games HD Theatrical Trailer" Online Posting. Youtube, 14 November 2011. Web. 29 November 2011.

  • ALA Amelia Bloomer Project List 2009
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book
  • ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
  • Amazon Best Books Top 100 Editors’ Pick 2008
  • Amazon Best Books Top 10 Books: Teens 2008
  • Barnes and Noble Best Books for Teens and Kids 2008
  • Borders Best Books for Teens 2008
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice 2008
  • California Young Reader Medal 2011
  • CCBC Choices 2009
  • Children’s Indie Next List #1 Pick 2008/2009
  • Cybil Winner for fantasy and science-fiction 2008
  • Golden Duck Award for Young Adult Fiction 2009
  • Horn Book Fanfare
  • Indies Choice Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book Honor
  • Kirkus Best Book of 2008
  • LA Times Favorite Children’s Books 2008
  • New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
  • New York Times Notable Children’s Book of the Year 2008
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2008
  • School Library Journal’s Best Books 2008
  • YALSA Teen’s Top Ten 2009
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.

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