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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Review: The Hunger Games

Sixteen year old Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12. She lives with her mother and her younger sister, Primrose or 'Prim'. Every year, the Capitol chooses two children, one boy and one girl, from Districts 1 through 12 to go to the Hunger Games. This is to remind the districts of their power over them.

Out of all the twenty-four tributes, only one comes back . . .

This book starts off on the day of the reaping, and Katniss has her name entered twenty times. Up on the stage is the Mayor of District 12, Effie Trinket, Haymitch (one of district 12’s only Hunger Games winners) and two round glass balls - one for the boys, and one for the girls.

‘Effie Trinket crosses back to the podium, smoothes the slip of paper and reads out the name in a clear voice. And it’s not me.

It’s Primrose Everdeen.’


Her sister, aged 12. Katniss is shocked and she volunteers to compete in the hunger games instead of Prim.

Join her as she competes in the Hunger Games against twenty-three others. There will be adventure, danger, allies, enemies and a little bit of romance thrown in, too.

The Hunger Games has to be one of the best books I have ever read. Once I laid my eyes on it, I just couldn’t stop reading! The author has put a lot of thought and effort into writing this book and it really shows. The Hunger Games is definitely an Ella ‘must-read’!

‘Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favour!’

- this review by Ella, age 12

Title: The Hunger Games  
Author: Suzanne Collins
Publisher: Scholastic, $15.95 RRP
Publication Date: 3 July 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780439023528
For ages: 12+
Type: Older Junior Fiction, Young Adult

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