Imagine a time in the future where not only do you struggle to survive, but each year you must face the Hunger Games lottery. Each young person from 12 to 18 years old is a tribute candidate. If you're like Katniss, you are in for more than once for each year you've been eligible; you're also in for the times you purchased grain and oil to feed your family. At age 16 Katniss has 20 entries for the reaping.
When her 12 year old sister is chosen as tribute, Katniss volunteers to go in her place. She and Peeta, the chosen boy from their district, are taken to the capital to prepare for the Hunger Games. The 24 young people are put in a situation where they must fight to the death until only one remains.
Suzanne Collins has created a scary and believable world in The Hunger Games (Scholastic Press, 2008). It's a book you won't want to miss.
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