I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (see podcast). So when I read today that Lois Lowry (author of The Giver, Number the Stars, and other totally awesome books) had selected it as the winner of School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books, I got pretty excited.
For those of you unfamiliar with this YA masterpiece, it’s the first in a trilogy, and it tells the story of Catniss, one of the most unique, strong, and fantastic heroines out there. In a post-apocolyptic North America, each of the twelve districts must send one boy and one girl to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a nationally televised fight to the death. Catniss volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, who had been chosen to compete. The story is fantasitc (a real page-turner), and as Ms. Lowry puts it,
“Any book that starts out with 24 children and ends up with 22 of them dead… that’s tough to beat.”
The second book in the trilogy is possibly the most highly anticipated kids’ book of the fall. Releasing September 1, 2009, Catching Fire is sure to hit bestseller lists instantly.
If you’re a Hunger Games fan, be sure to check out Scholastic’s new contest. In 500 words or less, tell them how you would survive the Hunger Games. The winner gets to lunch with Suzanne Collins at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York! Enter the contest here. (Sorry grownups – it’s for kids only! You must be ages 12-17.)
Haven’t read The Hunger Games yet? What are you waiting for? Find your nearest indie bookstore and pick up a copy today.