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December 19, 2010

Catching Fire

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Catching Fire (Hunger Games Series #2) by Suzanne Collins: Book Cover

Catching Fire

Author: Suzanne Collins

 

Page Length: 391

 

Reading Level: 5.4

 

Genre: Fiction

 

Career Connection: Coal miner, political leader

 

PLOT SUMMARY: In this sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss is at home but not able to enjoy her life in Victory Village because of the rumors of uprisings against the Capitol. She lives under the pretense that she loves Peeta, but she longs for her days in the meadow with Gale. Gale is working in the coal mines now, so she spends her days alone, hunting for food for Gale’s family. Her heroic moves at the end of The Hunger Games have made her the target for the president to help stop the rebellious behavior of the people in the neighboring districts.

 

When it is time to pick the tributes for the annual hunger games, the citizens learn that the rules for the “Quell” have been changed. The tributes can be picked only from previous participants. So, Peeta and Katniss are back in the arena. They face bigger challenges and Katniss discovers her conscious plays a bigger part in survival.

 

REVIEW: This is a good sequel to the first in the series, but is not as fast paced. More of the action takes place outside of the arena where Katniss must make decisions of personal issues. The book would be enjoyable for both boys and girls as the plot unveils violent and heroic events.

 

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Characters, Theme, Cause/Effect, Setting

 

TOUCHY AREAS-PAGES: None that aren’t age and content appropriate

 

RELATED BOOKS: The Hunger Games

 

MOVIE CONNECTIONS: The Hunger Games (to be released 2011)

 

RELATED WEBSITES:

 

www.brighthub.com/education/k-12/articles/56284.asp

 

www.suzannecollinsbooks.com/catching_fire_88086.htm

 

REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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