Another announcement is made, this time saying each tribute will find an item they desperately need at the Cornucopia. In contrast, when Katniss arrives in the Capitol, she is awed by the lavish feasts and elaborately prepared dishes. From a small underground room, Katniss is lifted into the arena and the Games officially begin. The next day Katniss goes in search of water. A: I think the nature of the story dictated the age of the audience from the beginning. So what lessons are taught to readers? A girl's tongue is cut out.
But I will note, that while this book is based on violence, Collins handles it carefully so not to make it too gruesome. This parallel suggests that reality television, though perhaps not quite as barbarous as the gladiatorial Games, still offers up real life as entertainment, and in doing so it turns real people into commodities. Shame on Suzanne Collins for writing a book about teens ages 12-18 killing each other in often bloody hand-to-hand combat in a large arena televised to every person in a country in future times. Good role models include Katniss. But Katniss has been close to death before-and survival, for her, is second nature. My ten year old daughter is gifted with a learning disability.
It is full of really awful graphic violence. The preteen aged 11+ in our house had been asking to read Hunger Games book 1 for several years; one of her friends, who has an older sister to emulate, read the book 2 or 3 years ago, and our youngster seemed to feel left out. I was surprised that they did not even tell the parents…especially given the incredible passion behind the comments left on my post. If the character is 16 then the reader should be at least 14 maybe. On the other hand, her sister has read the series 4 times, so maybe she will re-read it again later on. Her struggles with her divided affections between two boys are realistically portrayed but not overwrought.
Hunger Games is a book with many messages meant to mirror problems in our own society, namely desensitization to violence on tv, reality tv shows that blur the lines between real human sufferring and being kicked off the island, war, famine, haves vs. Which are perfectly ok for teens, not so much for little kids. The books were excellent, and I think, much like the Harry Potter series, has been given a bad rap by people who have not read it, simply for the subject matter. This series should not be taken lightly, and I highly recommend you read it before your children to see if they can handle the undertones of this book, and then use this opportunity to discuss these difficult subjects with them. Most children of poor families have to take tesserae to survive, so the children of poor families have more entries in the reaping than children of wealthy families who need no tesserae.
Later on, she decided to become an author herself, when she met children's author James Proimos. She already reads similar books. Some districts provide the Capitol with energy or material goods and some provide the manpower to keep those in the Capitol in power. Katniss, who volunteers to take her sister's place, and Peeta are District 12's competitors, but their competition is complicated by Peeta's announcement that he is in love with Katniss. In any case, thanks for this! To win at the Hunger Games you must kill all your opponents, even if they have become your friends. If as a general population they are given cells phones, open access to the internet, fairly free roam with movies and television, why deny access to engaging literature that might actually make them think or.
If a kid is excited to read something, let them. My oldest read it in 5th grade. I have a very mature reader, who is 9yrs old, and I have a hard time finding material for her to read. She does an excellent job of vividly describing children killing one another. She will not allow Prim to take any tesserae in order to decrease Prim's chances of becoming a tribute. Teens are speared, shot with arrows, stabbed, mauled by wild animals, burned, and have their heads smashed and their necks broken. Due to the darkness of the story, it is best suited for teens and adults rather than tweens, although many younger kids have read the book or seen the movie or both.
The nation is divided into 13 districts, each separated from the other, as a sort of punishment for rebelling against the Capitol ruled under a titular king called The President. There were intense but every kid is different. First off, I love this series. I read it along with her actually finished them all first because I was so addicted. She was the head writer for Scholastic Entertainment's Clifford's Puppy Days. The tributes that are most memorable tend to attract sponsors, who can provide gifts that may prove critical during the Games. With this in mind, you may decide to let your preteens read it a bit earlier than you would normally allow them to read it.
In the poor districts, many of the residents do not even have enough to eat. Through her skill with a bow and her ability to track and snare rabbits and squirrels, her family has been able to survive. But that's probably why the series is so popular -- it strikes a nerve with people in our culture. Guided reading and reading aloud may be good solutions for families of preteen or younger teen children, but I really wonder why we feel such pressure to give in to the reading and other cultural whims of our kids when so many thousands of age-appropriate books and movies exist for them. She has done this by illegally hunting beyond the boundaries of District 12 and using the game she kills for food or for barter. I think that in schools, for as long as I can remember, students have been reading books with just as much fictional and political violence.