The Girl (age 11) got an A+ in reading class on the book talk she did for The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (read my review), which she finally finished over the weekend. (She is reading several books at once, as her attention is easily called away from one book by the cover of another.) This is what she presented to the class (no spoilers):
“No, Katniss! No! You can’t go!”
“Prim, let go,” I say harshly, because this is upsetting me and I don’t want to cry.
(from The Hunger Games, page 23)
Katniss is one of the main characters in The Hunger Games. After Prim’s name is drawn for the Hunger Games, Katniss thinks her sister is too weak and would not outlast the other 23 contestants in a game in which the players fight to the death, so Katniss takes her place. The other main character is Peeta, the baker’s son. One boy and one girl in each district go to the Hunger Games, and Peeta was the boy tribute from District 12. The setting is in the future, on a train and in a forest, which is the Hunger Games arena.
I think the most interesting part of the book was when Katniss finds Peeta injured and nearly dead near the stream, and she nurses him back to health even though the rules say only one of them can survive. I think junior high students (and others) who like action, suspense, and excitement would adore The Hunger Games.
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