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Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2008

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The Hunger Games

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult dystopian
  • Originally Published: 2008
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 810L; grades 7-12
  • Structure/Length: 3 parts; 27 chapters; approx. 374 pages; approx. 11 hours on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Teen Katniss Everdeen lives in a fascist future society where young adults must fight to the death for the entertainment of the populace in the tournament known as the Hunger Games. When her younger sister is tapped to participate in the tournament, Katniss boldly volunteers to go in her place.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Violence; poverty

Suzanne Collins, Author

  • Bio: Born 1962; youngest of four children; daughter of a military officer; double majored in theater and telecommunications at Indiana University Bloomington; prolific career writing for children’s television (Clarissa Explains It All, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, Little Bear, Oswald); writing often examines the effects of war and violence on children and teens; distinguished writer that has been on several “best of” lists, including School Library Journal Best Books of 2008 and New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing; recipient of the 2016 Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community; named one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2010 
  • Other Works: Gregor the Overlander (2003); Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (2004); Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (2005); Gregor and the Marks of Secret (2006); Gregor and the Code of Claw (2007); Catching Fire (2009); Mockingjay (2010); The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (2020)
  • Awards: Pennsylvania Young Readers’ Choice Award (2005); Kirkus Reviews Editors’ Choice book