Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mrs. Ripp Reviews Hunger Games


Another book that I had eagerly awaited for was the "Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. This book has been all over the news and bestseller lists and I noticed that fellow teachers were starting to read it as well so when Scholastic offered it cheaply in their catalogue I jumped at the chance to put it in my classroom library.  I am so glad that I read it first.  
This is an incredible book.  I am a sci-fi geek, which my students will attest to, and found the presented society very thought provoking.  However, this is a violent book.  When you read the synopsis  you will understand what I mean.  This book is riveting, great story, some emotions, and a lot of action;  The action happens to be killings.  So although I loved this book and have already ordered number 2 and 3 for myself, I will not be placing this in the classroom library.  I think many of the students would also love this book; however, I think it needs to be discussed with parents first.  I would let my daughter read it at the age of ten but I don’t feel comfortable making that decision for everyone.  So many of the students had already expressed their desire to read this book so I highly encourage you to look at it with them.  If you are alright with your child reading this book, please have them ask me for a copy.  I have them in the classroom, just not in the library.
Here is the synopsis from Barnes and Noble
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games.” The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat’s sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.

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