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The hunger games, Suzanne Collins

The hunger games
The hunger games
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Suzanne Collins
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  • Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, 2011.
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2009
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2009
  • Beehive Young Adult Book Award (Utah), 2010.
  • Black-Eyed Susan Book Award (Maryland), High School, 2011.
  • Blue Hen Book Award (Delaware) for Teen Books, 2010.
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2008
  • Books I Love Best Yearly (BILBY), Older Reader, 2012.
  • California Young Reader Medal, Young Adult, 2011.
  • Charlotte Award (New York), Young Adult, 2010.
  • Colorado Blue Spruce YA Book Award, 2010.
  • Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (Rosie Award), 2011.
  • Garden State Teen Book Award (New Jersey), Fiction (Grades 9-12), 2011.
  • Gateway Readers Award (Missouri), 2011.
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2012.
  • Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, 2010.
  • Golden Archer Awards (Wisconsin): Middle/Jr. High, 2011.
  • Golden Duck Awards, Hal Clement Award for Young Adult
  • Golden Sower Award (Nebraska), Young Adult, 2011.
  • Grand Canyon Reader Award (Arizona), Tween Book Category, 2011.
  • Heartland Award, 2010.
  • Inky Awards (Australia): Silver Inky, 2009.
  • Iowa High School Book Award, 2011.
  • Isinglass Teen Read Award (New Hampshire), 2009-2010.
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Grades 9-12, 2010.
  • Land of Enchantment Book Award (New Mexico), Young Adult category, 2011.
  • Maine Student Book Award, 2010.
  • New York Times Notable Children's Book, 2008
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, Teen category, 2012.
  • Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, Young Adult, 2010.
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award (Illinois), 2011.
  • Rhode Island Teen Book Award, 2010.
  • Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, 2008.
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2008.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), High School Books, 2011.
  • Sequoyah Book Awards (Oklahoma), Intermediate Books, 2011.
  • Soaring Eagle Book Award (Wyoming), 2010.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Junior Books, 2011.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Young Adult Books, 2011.
  • Teen Buckeye Book Award (Ohio), 2009.
  • Texas Lone Star Reading Lists: 2009
  • Thumbs Up! Award (Michigan), 2009.
  • Truman Readers Award (Missouri), 2011.
  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award for High School, 2011.
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2009
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 2011
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2009
  • Young Hoosier Book Award, Middle Books, 2011.
  • Young Reader's Choice Award (Pacific Northwest), Senior, 2011.
  • /*Starred Review*/ This is a grand-opening salvo in a new series by the author of the Underland Chronicles. Sixteen-year-old Katniss poaches food for her widowed mother and little sister from the forest outside the legal perimeter of District 12, the poorest of the dozen districts constituting Panem, the North American dystopic state that has replaced the U.S. in the not-too-distant future. Her hunting and tracking skills serve her well when she is then cast into the nation's annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death where contestants must battle harsh terrain, artificially concocted weather conditions, and two teenaged contestants from each of Panem's districts. District 12's second "tribute" is Peeta, the baker's son, who has been in love with Katniss since he was five. Each new plot twist ratchets up the tension, moving the story forward and keeping the reader on edge. Although Katniss may be skilled with a bow and arrow and adept at analyzing her opponents' next moves, she has much to learn about personal sentiments, especially her own. Populated by three-dimensional characters, this is a superb tale of physical adventure, political suspense, and romance. -- Goldsmith, Francisca (Reviewed 09-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 1, p97)
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 7 Up— In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 14 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives. Collins's characters are completely realistic and sympathetic as they form alliances and friendships in the face of overwhelming odds; the plot is tense, dramatic, and engrossing. This book will definitely resonate with the generation raised on reality shows like "Survivor" and "American Gladiator." Book one of a planned trilogy.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK --Jane Henriksen Baird (Reviewed September 1, 2008) (School Library Journal, vol 54, issue 9, p176)
  • /* Starred Review */ Signature Reviewed by Megan Whalen TurnerIf there really are only seven original plots in the world, it's odd that “boy meets girl” is always mentioned, and “society goes bad and attacks the good guy” never is. Yet we have Fahrenheit 451 , The Giver , The House of the Scorpion —and now, following a long tradition of Brave New Worlds, The Hunger Games . Collins hasn't tied her future to a specific date, or weighted it down with too much finger wagging. Rather less 1984 and rather more Death Race 2000 , hers is a gripping story set in a postapocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death.Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is entirely focused on survival at any cost. It is her teammate, Peeta, who recognizes the importance of holding on to one's humanity in such inhuman circumstances. It's a credit to Collins's skill at characterization that Katniss, like a new Theseus, is cold, calculating and still likable. She has the attributes to be a winner, where Peeta has the grace to be a good loser.It's no accident that these games are presented as pop culture. Every generation projects its fear: runaway science, communism, overpopulation, nuclear wars and, now, reality TV. The State of Panem—which needs to keep its tributaries subdued and its citizens complacent—may have created the Games, but mindless television is the real danger, the means by which society pacifies its citizens and punishes those who fail to conform. Will its connection to reality TV, ubiquitous today, date the book? It might, but for now, it makes this the right book at the right time. What happens if we choose entertainment over humanity? In Collins's world, we'll be obsessed with grooming, we'll talk funny, and all our sentences will end with the same rise as questions. When Katniss is sent to stylists to be made more telegenic before she competes, she stands naked in front of them, strangely unembarrassed. “They're so unlike people that I'm no more self-conscious than if a trio of oddly colored birds were pecking around my feet,” she thinks. In order not to hate these creatures who are sending her to her death, she imagines them as pets. It isn't just the contestants who risk the loss of their humanity. It is all who watch.Katniss struggles to win not only the Games but the inherent contest for audience approval. Because this is the first book in a series, not everything is resolved, and what is left unanswered is the central question. Has she sacrificed too much? We know what she has given up to survive, but not whether the price was too high. Readers will wait eagerly to learn more.Megan Whalen Turner is the author of the Newbery Honor book The Thief and its sequels, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia. The next book in the series will be published by Greenwillow in 2010. --Staff (Reviewed November 3, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 44, p58)
  • Katniss Everdeen is a survivor. She has to be; she's representing her District, number 12, in the 74th Hunger Games in the Capitol, the heart of Panem, a new land that rose from the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America. To punish citizens for an early rebellion, the rulers require each district to provide one girl and one boy, 24 in all, to fight like gladiators in a futuristic arena. The event is broadcast like reality TV, and the winner returns with wealth for his or her district. With clear inspiration from Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" and the Greek tale of Theseus, Collins has created a brilliantly imagined dystopia, where the Capitol is rich and the rest of the country is kept in abject poverty, where the poor battle to the death for the amusement of the rich. Impressive world-building, breathtaking action and clear philosophical concerns make this volume, the beginning of a planned trilogy, as good as The Giver and more exciting. However, poor copyediting in the first printing will distract careful readers—a crying shame. (Science fiction. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2008)
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Collins, Suzanne
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no index present
Literary form
  • 7
  • 12
Series statement
Hunger Games trilogy
Series volume
  • BILBY (Books I Love Best Yearly)
  • Book of the Year : Older Readers
  • Literary prize winners
  • Reality television programs
  • Young adult fiction
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The hunger games, Suzanne Collins
20 cm.
454 p.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781407109084
The hunger games, Suzanne Collins
20 cm.
454 p.
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781407109084



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