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Check out our new poll! Which character has what it takes to survive The Hunger Games?

the-hunger-games-symbols_19218_The teens from Greenwood TAB have a new question for you.

Which of the following characters, from other books, would last the longest in the hunger games?

Personally, my money is on Stevens, but tell us what you think!  Maybe there’s someone we didn’t think of?  Let us know in the comments…I’m wondering, can I vote for Russell Wilson?  🙂

Lord of the Flies: An unsettling look at human nature

lord-of-the-flies-imageTitle: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding

Summary: Lord of the Flies is a chilling story about a group of schoolboys stranded on an island after a plane crash and their descent into madness.  Starting out as a group of cooperative boys all working to survive as they wait for a passing ship to save them, slowly, the “terrors” of the island eat away at the boys until they are reduced to primal beings consumed fully by their emotions and instincts. Ralph, at the beginning, is the leader of this band of boys.  However, a power struggle soon emerges between Ralph and Jack, the leader of the choirboys.  As time goes on, the boys slowly begin to believe in a creature called “The Beast” that roams the island, and they become obsessive about trying to hunt down and kill the beast, which leads ultimately to the boys’ downfall and descent into madness.  As the book progresses, the reader faces many questions about humanity and society. Continue reading

Movie Review: Catching Fire

catching_fireBeing the Hunger Games-obsessed fan that I am, I saw Catching Fire twice in the first week it was out in theaters.  Still enough?  No, not really.  Luckily, it’s now on DVD for home enjoyment!
Although I loved it, I know a lot of people who were not big fans of the first movie.  Even if you felt that way, the second one should not disappoint.
The movie starts a bit slow, with wintry scenes of Katniss Everdeen’s District 12.  It quickly speeds up as Katniss and Peeta embark on the victory tour under the disapproving eyes of President Snow.  The emotion conveyed by Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss was incredibly powerful, and caused me to tear up during several different scenes.
As much as I adore Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, I felt a bit annoyed at how helpless the movies always portray him.  During the games, he is always the underdog weakling who trips and falls and has to be taken care of constantly by Katniss.  Peeta, while perhaps not as agile and ruthless as Katniss, is still a strong character and person who should not be underestimated.
The casting of the movie was perfect, as all the tributes really came to life through the actors.  Sam Clafin, who plays Finnick Odair, was absolutely amazing in the role.  He perfectly embodied the personality of Finnick and captured, while maintaining a pompous air, a surprising sensitive side.  Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason, was also a force to be reckoned with.
If you haven’t yet seen Catching Fire, check it out from the library and watch it!  Until Mockingjay comes out in theaters, I will just be hibernating in my room and rereading all the books.
–Natalie, Northeast Teen Adviser

Book Shorts: The Hunt

HuntTitle:  The Hunt

Author:  Andrew Fukuda

Summary:  Seventeen-year-old Gene has passed as a vampire for years, carefully following every rule, but now, just as he finds a girl worth fighting for, he is chosen to participate in the hunt for the last remaining humans among ruthless vampires who soon suspect his true nature.

I started reading it because… The plot is super non-cliche, unlike so many other books out in the world.

I kept reading because… ​I wanted to know what would happend to the main character, how would he deal with this huge challenge??

Six Word Recap:  Boy is sheep in wolves clothing.

Some scenes have graphic decriptions, if you can’t handle melting skin and such beware this book.

This is a trilogy: The Hunt, The Prey, (Third book TBD…)

Teen Review: City of Thieves

City of ThievesTitle:  City of Thieves

Author:  David Benioff

Summary:  At the time of the Nazi siege of Leningrad a 17 year-old boy, Lev Beniov, is arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper.  Lev is put into a Russian prison where he meets the extremely cocky, Russian deserter, Kolya.  Lev and Kolya are taken out of the prison by a Russian colonel on the condition that they retrieve a dozen eggs for his daughter’s wedding cake.  Kolya and Lev embark on a dangerous journey behind enemy lines in the middle of the Russian winter to find a dozen eggs in return for their freedom.

I started reading it because… I chose for it for a school project.

I kept reading because… Lev and Kolya are on a non-stop adventure filled with suspense and excitement.  The book was fast paced and kept my interest throughout.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:

Lev: Retire to Southern Florida
Kolya: Succeed

Six Word Recap:  Thrilling quest for eggs, WWII Russia.

This book reminded me of Fourth Uncle In the Mountain by Quang Van Nguyen.  Both stories follow teenage boys during powerful wars and the stories also show the effects war has on all types of people.

Interesting Fact: David Benioff is also a head writer for the show Game of Thrones.  His first novel, The 25th Hour, was produced as a movie of the same name in 2002.

Francois, Northeast Teen Adviser

Book Shorts: Trapped


Title:  Trapped

Author:  Michael Northrop

Summary:  Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

I started reading it because… Who wouldn’t want to read a book about seven teens stranded at school with more and more and more snow falling?

I kept reading because… I just needed to know if they’d survive.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To: Sacrifice himself for the group.

Six Word Recap: Nor’easter strands teens, survival odds negligible.

This book reminded me of the 80’s movie The Breakfast Club because the teens are all from different groups & get stuck together. Although in this story there are fewer laughs and more suspense.

Websites of interest: http://michaelnorthrop.net/?page_id=7

Book Shorts: Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

Beauty Queens

Title: Beauty Queens

Author:  Libba Bray

Summary: When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island’s other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

I started reading it because… The premise is almost unbelievable: a plane-load of beauty pageant contestants crashes on a desert island and tries to survive in a way that will keep them in winning form for the pageant.

I kept reading because… The girls move from one-dimensional runway models to interesting – if not always smart or kind – people. Also, it’s funny.

Main character(s): If they were in a yearbook, they would be voted Most Likely To:  Win their beauty pageant!

Six Word Recap:  Plane crash! Beautiful people! Nefarious mastermind!

This book reminded me of Lord of the Flies because… an island of lost boys turns against each other – will these girls do the same? Or will they cooperate just long enough to get off the island?