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Avery Judd's First Review

Katniss Everdeen is your normal 16 year old girl living in the new North America, in a section in town called, the seam........ At first glance.

The truth is, she is illegally hunting to feed her mother and sister, Prim who is twelve and has to have her name in the reaping, in District 12. Their job is to mine coal for the Capitol. The communist government central for all 12 districts. Long ago, these districts organized a rebellion, that failed and in doing so, obliterated District 13. With highly updated technology, the Capitol can do almost anything. Four years ago, a coal mine explosion robbed Katniss' fathers life. Her best friend, Gale, who is eighteen, is also hunting for his family, every day before and after school.

But all changes on reaping day, when a name is chosen and Katniss is forced to step up and in doing so, gets caught in the swirl of the Hunger Games with Peeta, her opponent. A game designed by the Capitol to remind all Districts that if they ever try a rebellion again, they have no chance. Each District has to send two tributes, a boy and girl, into the games. Where they must fight each other to the death in order to survive. There is only one winner in the Hunger Games and no one is your friend. And Katniss the girl on fire, needs to be sharp, smart, witty, and befriend a girl named Rue. Because in the Hunger Games, anything can happen.

So welcome to the Hunger Games, my only tip to you, Stay Alive.

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Grade: (A+)


Suzanne Collins Links:

    -WIKIPEDIA: Suzanne Collins
    -FILMOGRAPHY: Suzanne Collins (IMDB)
    -WIKIPEDIA: The Hunger Games
    -BOOK SITE: Hunger Games (Scholastic Books)
    -BOOK SITE: The Hunger Games (uk)
    -GOOGLE BOOK: The Hunger Games
    -PROFILE: Suzanne Collins’s War Stories for Kids (SUSAN DOMINUS, 4/08/11, NY Times Magazine)
    -INTERVIEW: A Killer Story: An Interview with Suzanne Collins, Author of 'The Hunger Games': Suzanne Collins's 'The Hunger Games' has plenty of blood, guts, and heart (Rick Margolis, 09/01/2008, School Library Journal)
    -INTERVIEW: A riveting return to the world of ‘The Hunger Games’ (Interview by Deborah Hopkinson , BookPage)
    -PROFILE: How Has 'Hunger Games' Author Suzanne Collins' Life Changed? (HILLEL ITALIE | 09/23/10, AP)
    -ESSAY: Power corrupts: A letter from Donald Sutherland (Letters of Note, 6/21/24)
    -ESSAY: Jesus in 'The Hunger Games': In the face of persistent and pervasive darkness, hope shines through the cracks. (Amy Simpson, 3/22/2012, Christianity Today)
    -ESSAY: The Zero Sum Games (Stephen J. Heaney, March 20, 2012, Public Discourse)
    -ESSAY: The 'Games' We Play — In Panem, And Here (SHANA NAOMI KROCHMAL, 3/20/12, NPR)
    -ESSAY: ‘The Hunger Games’ guide to Panem: Your ticket to catching up on the newest pop culture phenomenon : What you need to know about Katniss, the districts, the Capitol, the Games and more (CRISTINA EVERETT AND ETHAN SACKS, 3/19/12, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
    -DISCUSSION: Dystopian domination: A Hunger Games roundtable (Mark Medley Mar 20, 2012, National Post)
    -ESSAY: Save My Kid From ‘The Hunger Games’: Should I be worried that my 12-year-old daughter is obsessed with a tale of teens fighting to the death? (Jaime Remo, 3/22/12, Daily Beast)
    -ESSAY: Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games" Illustrates the Horrors of Big Government (John Tamny, 3/22/12, Forbes)
    -ESSAY: Part Thoreau, Part Princess: How The Hunger Games combines the wilderness survival tale with the Cinderella story—and subverts them both. (Stephen Burt, March 22, 2012, Slate)
    -PROFILE: Artist behind 'The Hunger Games' (Amy S. Rosenberg, 3/20/12, Philadelphia Inquirer)
    -ESSAY: The Economics of The Hunger Games: Could any real country have an economy like Panem’s? Actually, yes. (Matthew Yglesias, March 22, 2012, Slate)
    -ESSAY: 'Hunger Games' shoots arrows at big government, big media, hits bullseye (James P. Pinkerton, March 22, 2012,
    -ESSAY: Bear Grylls Teaches Us How to Survive The Hunger Games: Pop culture's foremost survivalist on the secrets to enduring the ultimate test. You know the deal: Get ready to drink your own urine (STELIOS PHILI, March 23, 2012, GQ)
    -ESSAY: 'The Hunger Games': There Won't Be Blood (RICHARD LAWSON, MAR 23, 2012, Atlantic)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: Secular Scapegoats and 'The Hunger Games' (Jordan Ballor, Acton)
    -REVIEW ESSAY: Appetite for Destruction: Just in time for The Hunger Games—based on the massive post-Twilight best-seller—Tom Carson explains the lurid thrill of this teen-lit franchise. Kids slaughtering kids! Woo-hoo! (TOM CARSON, March 2012, GQ)
    -ESSAY: "The Hunger Games" vs. "Twilight": Which young-adult crossover hit series has the most empowered heroine? You'd be surprised (Laura Miller, 9/05/10, Salon)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Barnes & Noble Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Francisca Goldsmith, Booklist)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (John Green, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Lev Grossman, TIME)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Deborah Hopkinson , BookPage)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Laura Miller, The New Yorker)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Yvonne Zipp, CS Monitor)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Mary-Liz Shaw, Journal Sentinel)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games (Brittney Brown, BlogCritics)
    -REVIEW: of The Hunger Games Aaron Tessier, BSC Review()
    -REVIEW: of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (GABRIELLE ZEVIN, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Katie Roiphe, NY Times Book Review)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Bob Minzesheimer, USA TODAY)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Publishers Weekly)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Todd VanDerWerff, AV Club)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Patricia Chasteen, Epoch Times)
    -REVIEW: of Mockingjay (Kathy Morrison, McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers )

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