Every now and again I will read a Young Adult novel. I have several friends who are teachers and they always end up telling me about new books. I’m so glad they did. Here is a list I threw together of books I’m quit fond of. Enjoy!
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
- The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
- Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
- Airhead by Meg Cabot
- Being Nikki by Meg Cabot
Catching Fire is the sequel to Suzanne Collins’s successful novel The Hunger Games. The story picks up exactly where we left our characters. Newly returned to District 12 after winning The Hunger Games Katniss and Peeta try to adjust to life back at home. Life as a victor comes with some perks, elevating them and their families from the brink of starvation, but there is also a serious drawback. Every moved they make is being watched. They will soon discover escaping the games might just be considered easy in comparison to what they are facing next.
I fear saying more might spoil the story for some readers. Rest assured, Catching Fire was an excellent read. Collins is a superb writer who transports us into the danger Katniss faces everyday. I will say, whereas the previous book gave us more insight into Peeta, the boy with the bread, Catching Fire begins to shine some light on Gale, the boy in the woods. It will be interesting to see who’s side people will root for.
I would highly recommend this book. It is considered to be a teen book but if you are easily nauseated by violence you might want to skip over the more colorful parts. At any rate, Collins paints a wonderfully realistic picture of the world that encompasses Katniss and her friends. I read through the book in a few short days, stopping only long enough to eat, sleep and work. I’m addicted and truly can’t wait until the third and final installment, Mockingjay, is released.
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On August 24, 2010, Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay novel will be released. This is the third and final installment of The Hunger Games stories. I’m really excited about this book. If you haven’t been following this series I strongly recommend you get in the know.
Briefly we follow Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old girl who is forced to be a tribute for her district to fight to the death in a bloody televised show known as The Hunger Games. We follow our young heroine as she faces the many pitfalls put in her way for the amusement of the capital.
For those of you who are fans of the book…who are you cheering for? Team Peeta? or Team Gale? I will not be coy about my preference. I am an enthusiastic Team Peeta fan. I’ll probably have a mild heart attack if anything happens to him in the final book…no seriously.
So on August 24th, you know what I’ll be doing.