See something that needs to be addressed? The main character, 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, volunteers for the Hunger Games to keep her younger sister from being required to participate and her experiences and fight to survive are the heart of the book. All rights reserved. Suzanne Collins is the author of the groundbreaking Hunger Games trilogy for young adults: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay. The author's writing is great. Then I start telling them all the things they must remember to do, now that I will not be there to do them for them. This isn’t a dragons/warlocks/castles fantasy book; it’s gritty, realistic book that pits realistically built children characters, set in realistic settings, against each other. Frequently Challenged Books for Kids and Teens. Scholastic Press 7/3/2010, 2010. i still wont read harry potter, because i am stubborn, but i might have to sneer a little less at others. © Common Sense Media. It doesn't actually come out until October 2008, but if you can get your hands on an ARC, definitely do! Not as inappropriate as you might think: Please read! The Hunger Games. It is written in the voice of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the future, post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. Parents: Set preferences and get age-appropriate recommendations with Common Sense Media Plus. ISBN 13: 9780439023481 it kept me up way past my bedtime last night, because i could not stop reading, even though my eyes did not want to be awake. Ooooh yeah! I read this when I was 10 and I don't have nightmares. Are there any reality shows you watch that have moments that ring false to you? Language: English. There's talk of past games and what happened with the story of one boy trying to eat the bodies of those he killed. Hunger Games is a book with many messages meant to mirror problems in our own society, namely desensitization to violence on tv, reality tv shows that blur the lines between real human sufferring and being kicked off the island, war, famine, haves vs. havenots, just to mention a few. Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son, is a boy that Katniss owes a favor because of a kindness that he showed her when she was most desperate and her family’s survival was at stake. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 5 consejos para hablar con tus hijos sobre las elecciones, Which Side of History? My husband and I spent a week talking it through and digesting all that Collins dishes out. Even though many teen characters die -- by spear, rock, arrow, knife, fire, animal stings, poisoning, and more -- there are few truly gory moments. My sister and my mother come first. Helicopter parenting is more danger to your child's development than any book. You can’t make a shift on a deeper level, if the only thing that attracts you to this book is – a vision of fight, r. A lot of things are troubling me about The Hunger Games. Shame on Suzanne Collins for writing a book about teens (ages 12-18) killing each other in (often) bloody hand-to-hand combat in a large arena televised to every person in a country in future times. While the creation of Panem is not fully fleshed out until the second book, we know that this authoritarian society was the result of a horrible disaster during the Dark Days, resulting in the establishment of twelve districts under the rule of the government in the Capitol. Some districts provide the Capitol with energy or material goods and some provide the manpower to keep those in the Capitol in power. Each district has its own specialty that benefits the Capitol, such as coal mining, agriculture, seafood, etc. Condition: New. Paperback. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. The Hunger Games is a compelling novel focusing on life in an authoritarian society in which young people must compete to the death in the annual Hunger Games. It is really a book much more about survival and the injustices of a society that calls for these children to fight each other. and then i was disappointed that i wouldnt be reading all those teen books after all. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) Winning will make you famous.