Catching fire

Title: Catching fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

IBSN: 9780439023498

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Copyright Date: 2009

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading Level: 6th grade

Interest Age: 15 yrs. +

Challenge Issues: This book contains violence.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Information about author: Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962. She earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Dramatic writing. She attended New York University.  She wrote for television shows including Nickelodon and the WB.

In addition for writing for children shows, she wrote for over eight books. She wrote two book series. One of the book series is the Hunger games books series which contains the Human Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The other book series is the Underland Chronicles which is comprised of five books.

Plot Summary: Since Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger games, they go on to their victory tour. Their every move is watched by the Capitol and President Snow. President Snow tells Katniss that she has to convince him and Panem about her love for Peeta. After her failed attempt, both Katniss and Peeta are forced to face the consequences.

Critical Evaluation: This book is well-written. It kept me on my toes the entire time. Collins writing makes it virtually impossible to guess where the story is headed. This is good, because it makes the book a real page turner.

Reader’s annotation: Are Katniss and Peeta safe from the capitol’s tyranny?

Book talk ideas: Catch Katiniss’ rebellious fire as she tries to overthrow a corrupt, suppressive government. In this futurist tale, Katiniss is a young teen girl who has the strength to stand for the poor and working class members. She is the strong female role that we have all been waiting for.

Why did you include this book?: This is a popular science fiction novel.

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