Friday, February 20, 2009

Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

I will keep this brief as it has been a long day. My students did sustained silent reading today in class. It gave me the opportunity to start a new book. I am currently reading Hunger Games. It is set in the U.S. after a terrible war that destroyed most of America. The United States is now divided into 12 districts. Each child from the age of 12 - 18 has their name put in to be drawn for the Hunger Games. One boy and one girl represent each district. The idea is, they will be dropped somewhere and must kill each other off. The last person alive is the winner. Most of the people are starving, not allowed to hunt for food, banned from the woods, etc. If you are starving enough you can have your name put in an extra time for each family member and collect oil and grain to sustain you through the year. The main character has her name in twenty times and her younger sister has her name in once. When her younger sister's name is drawn to play the game she volunteers to take her place. I can't wait to finish the book this weekend. From what I have read so far my students are going to love this book.

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