Hunger Games is hot! and violent…

23 03 2012

For those who have read Hunger Games, you may have been waiting for the movie for a long time!  Today is opening day, and hype is likely to go on for a while.

If anyone is still wondering about Hunger Games, here is a New York Times article: Peer Pressure: How About, Like, Fighting to Death? which talks about why it is hot, and possibly difficult for younger students.

For those who are looking for other similar fabulous books, or completely different fabulous books, ask Susan.   If you can suggest a great adventure/survival book, please comment!



2 responses

23 03 2012

Suzanne Collins’ fantastic series, beginning with Gregor the Overlander — LOVED it. Great characters and story, deals with friendship, loyalty, courage, leadership, family…highly recommended.

Slightly different style, but Anne Ursu’s Breadcrumbs, inspired by some Andersen fairy tales, is a gorgeous, mysterious story. She also has the adventure/fantasy series The Chronus Chronicles.

Kid vs. Squid by Greg van Eekhout was a recent hit in our home (Eekhout also has The Boy At The End of The World), and I’ve heard raves about Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier as well.

Kate Messner’s Eye of the Storm is a dystopian novel set in the not-too-distant future where tornadoes, etc. are part of everyday life.

25 03 2012

Thanks for the great suggestions!
In case any readers don’t know what dystopian means – this is a definition from free dictionary: “of or relating to a dystopia” and a dystopia is: 1. An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

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