Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.
Annotation: Peeta and Katniss are tributes of the Capitol of Panem’s yearly Hunger Games. They fight each other and 22 others to the death as it plays out on TV as entertainment.
Katniss has been taking care of her family since her dad died, sneaking out of District 12 with her friend Gale to hunt for food. At 16 she’s managed to stay out of the Hunger Games set by the Capitol of Panem, but when her sister Primrose is picked as the tribute Katniss volunteers in her place. She joins Peeta as the tribute to District 12 to fight to death against 22 others, all while the Capitol and other districts watch for sport. With greater survival skills than others can Katniss avoid being killed and can she find it in herself to kill others? Can she be a pawn in this twisted game? Read this first book of an increasingly popular trilogy to find out if Katniss’ rebellious spirit helps her win the Hunger Games or if it leads to her demise.
Amelia Bloomer List, 2009
ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009
Cybils Award (Fantasy and Science Fiction - Young Adult), 2008
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 2008
Locus Recommended Reading - Young Adult, 2008
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book, 2008
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Trilogy Order: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay
This book’s popularity led to the making of a movie. The book is ALWAYS better than the movie, but take a look at the movie trailer to see what all the hype is about!