Mockingjay

Title: Mockingjay

Author: Suzanne Collins

IBSN: 9780439023511

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Copyright Date: 2010

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: The book picks up after Katniss was rescued from her death and taken to district 13. She learns that district 13 is real and of their society. She is faced with the decision of becoming the leader of their rebellion against the Capitol. She eventually agrees. With the condition that Peeta must be rescued from the Capitol. Peeta is rescued, but is brainwashed to kill Katniss. Even though her heart is torn, she, along with Gale, continue to lead the rebellion.

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: Can Katniss succeed in overthrowing the Capitol?

Book talk ideas: Battle the injustice of District 1 with Katniss. Katniss is a young girl trying to overcome the oppression of a controlling environment.

Why did you include this book?: This book is very popular with teens today.

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