If your child is a fan of action-packed adventures, they’ll fall in love with Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games series. Ideal for older readers in grades 7-12, these books feature exciting story lines and memorable characters who will resonate with your child and get them excited about a daily reading routine.
In the first book, The Hunger Games, readers meet heroine Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem — the ruins of what once was the United States. To keep the districts in check, the Capitol forces each district to send one boy and one girl to battle it out on live TV. Katniss bravely volunteers to play in her sister’s place. But now Katniss must choose: kill or be killed.
Readers reunite with Katniss in the second novel, Catching Fire, after she and fellow winner of the annual Hunger Games, Peeta Mellark, have won safety for their families. But as talk of rebellion among the districts spreads, Katniss and Peeta find themselves the faces of this uprising, and the Capitol wants revenge.
These books teach older readers valuable lessons about courage, friendship, and compassion — all while enriching their reading skills with character development and nuanced plots, which help foster a love of reading. And, don't forget to see The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in theaters November 17th.
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