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The Hunger Games (Paperback)

Author:  Suzanne Collins
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0439023521
ISBN-13: 9780439023528
Sku: 213456338
Publish Date: 7/6/2010
Sales Rank: 13479
Pages:  374
Age Range:  16 to 21
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The acclaimed author of the "New York Times"-bestselling Underland Chronicles series delivers equal parts suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance, in a stunning novel set in a future with unsettling parallels to the present.
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The hotly awaited sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES finds champions Katniss and Peeta in the thick of rebellion and danger. After outwitting the Capitol, and infuriating the president and powers that be, the pair must tour the country as victorious faces of the nation. But trouble is brewing in Panem, and it seems to be connected to Katniss and Peeta. How will they help the people, keep their families safe, and escape the wrath of their corrupt government? Romance, action, and excitement abound. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.
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Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins is the author of the blockbuster series The Hunger Games, which has topped both hardcover and paperback bestseller lists and which has garnered a huge fan following of both children and adults. Because her father was in the military, Suzanne and her family moved frequently during her childhood. When she was six, he was sent by the Air Force to serve in Vietnam. He also taught military history at West Point and was determined to educate his own children about world events and the horrors of war--themes Collins would later revisit in her books. They lived for a time in Brussels, and she remembers how her father--aware that she liked a large field of poppies that grew outside of the family's home--connected it to the World War I-era poem "In Flanders Field," which honors soldiers buried in a similar field. Collins believes that it is important for young people to understand the ramifications of violence at an early age. "If we wait too long [to teach them], what kind of expectation can we have?" she has said. "We think we're sheltering them, but what we're doing is putting them at a disadvantage." After earning a master's degree in dramatic writing from New York University, she began her professional career by penning scripts for children's television shows, including CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL. Her first young-adult series, The Underland Chronicles, focuses on a boy who must navigate a fantastical land hidden beneath the streets of New York City. While those books won her many fans, her next effort, The Hunger Games, brought her a new level of fame. Collins has explained how she got the idea for the series, about a dystopia in which young people are chosen to fight to the death once a year for the entertainment of an audience: "I was channel surfing between reality TV programming and actual war coverage when [the] story came to me," she has said. "One night I'm sitting there flipping around and on one channel there's a group of young people competing for, I don't know, money maybe? And on the next, there's a group of young people fighting an actual war. And I was tired, and the lines began to blur in this very unsettling way, and I thought of this story." Collins oversaw the screenplay for the 2012 film version of the first book in the trilogy, which earned more than $150 million the first weekend of its release. While the media frenzy surrounding her books has been compared to that generated by the HARRY POTTER and TWILIGHT series, Collins prefers to stay out of the spotlight--living with her actor husband and children and giving few interviews.

Praise

"Forget Edward and Jacob: by book's end (and it's a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides--Peeta or Gale?" 06/22/2009

"Beyond the expert world building, the acute social commentary and the large cast of fully realized characters, there's action, intrigue, romance and some amount of hope in a story readers will find completely engrossing." 07/01/2009

"Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please HUNGER GAMES fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment." 09/01/2009

"Collins has done that rare thing. She has written a sequel that improves upon the first book." - Gabrielle Zevin 10/11/2009

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   12
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0374
Product attributePublisher:   Scholastic Press
Product attributeSeries Part:   01
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