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Hunger Games – Katniss goes on a legendary journey

hunger gamesTitle/Author: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Summary:  In a futuristic depiction of North America, the capital Panem keeps control of its 12 districts by making them pick a boy and girl Tribute between 12 and 18 to fight to the death in an arena on national television. The main character Katniss Everdeen is conflicted between the urge to survive and her unexpected love in this stimulating dystopian novel.

Six Word Review: Katniss goes on a legendary journey.

This book reminded me of the book Divergent because of the central dystopian theme and the emphasis on action and fighting.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because of how well the author set up and conceptualized the story and the fact that the book was very compelling and hard to put down.

What I loved about this book is how well-developed the characters were because it made it so that you feel like you know them by the middle of the novel.

If Katniss was stuck on a deserted island she would: build a boat and get away because she is an innovative person.

 I started reading this book because it was given to me by my middle school as a prize …and I kept reading: it because it was such a good story.

–Peter, grade 10, Lake City


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?  🙂

Mockingjay Part 1: Book-to-Movie Adaptation Review (Spoiler-Free Until Mentioned)

MockingjayAdaptation Rating: 9.5 out of 10 stars

Overview of What I Was Thinking Going In:
I must say, preemptively, that I did not enjoy the book Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I thought that though Katniss’s depression and unwillingness to interact with many people was entirely realistic and in character, it made for a very boring point of view for the story to be told in. That problem started setting in around Catching Fire and just kept getting worse as the books went on. It was so frustrating for me to read such an epic conclusion to a series in such a narrow point of view. I hoped that the movie would remedy this problem since the other two movies thus far were told in a third person omniscient perspective, showing us what’s going on in the Capitol while Katniss is going through everything. I was so spectacularly right.

What I Thought Was Done Best:
The way the movie cuts between Katniss and what she’s doing and the riots that start up in other districts is amazing.  It feels so seamless and fitting that I don’t understand how it could have been done any other way.  The scene where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree, a long-awaited moment for many of the book readers, was my favorite scene by far.  It shows how directly Katniss’s actions impact the people in the districts and gives an amazing action scene to boot.

Common Criticism:
One of the main criticisms that people had with this movie was that “it’s just set-up for the next one.”  And you know what?  They’re right.  The Hunger Games and Catching Fire were build-up to this one too.  Does that mean it’s not a good movie?  Heck no!  Mockingjay Part 1 has its own story arc of exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution just like any other movie.  Is it a bunch of kids fighting to the death?  No.  But this movie definitely has the most impactful action of any of the three movies out so far.  The movie ends a bit after what book readers call “The Rescue,” so most of the buildup is to that event.  For book readers like me, this event is a very big deal.  However, I can understand how people expecting the epic ending of a final installment would be disappointed with how much of the “let’s take over the government” goal is accomplished.  It’s worth watching anyway, trust me.

Things to Note Going Into the Movie:
If you are sensitive to strobe lights, close your eyes when people start running down a triangular staircase. It’s safe to look back once the “blast doors” are closed; it’ll be announced. It would be a shame to have your time watching such a great movie ruined by a splitting headache or worse. Please take the precautions necessary to keep yourself safe.

The movie jumps right in where Catching Fire ended. There are a lot of small gestures and references to it that aren’t re-explained for people who have forgotten such things. I recommend re-watching or reading Catching Fire before going to see this new masterpiece. Luckily, both the book and the movie are available through the Seattle Public Library!

My Favorite Scenes (SPOILERS START HERE): Continue reading

Hunger Games: Dystopian or Current Events?

hungergames What does a popular teen dystopian novel and current events have in common? From many people’s perspective, none, because the definition of dystopian is that it is society that is rebuilt/rebuilding from disaster or chaos caused by its citizens and where the people are oppressed greatly by their government and have very limited communication with people outside of their community. But what if what is happening right now in places like the Middle East and even in our own country, is what will cause our nations to submit to a limited way of life like in the Hunger Games, Divergent, or even older dystopian novels like 1984, and Fahrenheit 451.

This is a scary thought, but it’s an interesting topic to ponder about as well. When Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, the citizens where mourning his death and were peacefully protesting before members of the SWAT team were sent over to detain them, but that backfired and created the violence that we see in the news today. Citzens with a curfew set, a no fly zone put on Ferguson, and the fact that limited coverage on this issue is on the news, how does this not look like a page in the Hunger Games?

Therese, Teen Blogger, Magnolia Branch


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

Hunger Games – Movie Review & Events!

Hunger GamesFrom the unique plot to the *zing* of Katniss’s arrow grazing her bow, this movie is definitely something to see. I’d never much cared for “sci-fi” so naturally I assumed I wouldn’t like the Hunger Games however, after watching HG I realized it’s not really a science fiction movie at all (that is aside from some of the futuristic qualities). I’ve also never read the books so I cannot attest to how accurate the movie is in comparison, but I can tell you that this movie doesn’t follow the usual plot. The movie begins in the country of Panem.

Once a year the Capitol (equivalent to perhaps the U.S. gov’t in terms of power) holds an event known as the “Hunger Games” that all the districts have to participate in. To start off the Hunger Games one boy and one girl must be randomly selected for each of the twelve divisions to compete by using their skills to survive in order to (hopefully) win this life or death competition. Katniss and Peeta (the selected two from district 12) enter this battle being an unlikely two to win.

However, one thing is for sure, Katniss is quick witted and has great bow and arrow skills. Peeta on the other hand is lacking in many skills yet he has incredible strength and a kind heart. When the competition begins people change, turning into ruthless savages eager to divide and hope to last in order to win this competition. You’ll  have to watch the movie to witness the unthinkable turns and twists that occur within this action packed film.

– Kendall, Northgate Teen Blogger

Still need to see the movie?  Or want to refresh your memory before Catching Fire comes out?  Come to the University Library on Sunday, Nov. 10th @ 1:30pm to watch the movie, nosh on popcorn, and win fabulous prizes!  Then we’re doing it all again at the Northgate Library on Wednesday, Nov. 20th @ 4:30pm.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

What's Going On @ Your Library!

Hello SummerTuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Hunger Games 60 – Second Challenge @ Lake City 2 – 3:30 pmDo you have the skills to survive the Hunger Games like Katniss and Peeta?  Test your reflexes, hand-eye coordination and balance with this series of mini-games!  For ages 12-18.  Registration is required.
  • Scavenger Hunt @ Southwest 2:30 – 4:30 pm How well do you know your neighborhood?  Grab a friend and scour the neighborhood for clues, find treasures and win prizes.  For tweens and teens.
  • Game On! @ Columbia 3 – 5 pm Come to the Library for board games, Kinect, Wii play and Mario Kart!  For tweens and teens.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • Calligraphy: The Art of Lettering @ South Park 2 – 3 pm.  Learn the history of different alphabets from local teaching artist Amaranta Sandys.  Practice basic calligraphy techniques with a variety of writing tools, and then create a greeting card.  For tweens and teens.
  • Duct Tape Mania @ Northgate 2 – 4 pm.  Find out what you can make with a roll of duct tape!  Create roses, picture frames, wallets and more — discover new uses for this sticky product.  Materials are provided.  For tweens and teens.
  • Henna Art @ Rainier Beach 3 – 5 pmCreate and wear great-looking art!  Get a henna design while you explore traditional and modern henna with artist Anjali Remme.  For tweens and teens.
  • Make a Manga Face @ Delridge 3 – 4 pm Learn how to draw manga faces, including emotions, angles, manga eyes, and that super cool manga hair.  Prior drawing experience not required.  For tweens and teens.  Registration is required. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

  • Henna Art @ University 11:30 am – 1:30 pmCreate and wear great-looking art!  Get a henna design while you explore traditional and modern henna with artist Anjali Remme.  For tweens and teens. Continue reading

Today's Library Happenings

Check out the awesome events we have planned for teens all around the city today! You can always look at the calendar on our website for more details. There’s a lot going on this week…click on any picture for more titles of interest. Continue reading

Book Shorts: The Hunger Games

 Title: The Hunger Games

 Author: Suzanne Collins

 Summary: In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.  Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before – and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love”–

I started reading it because… It sounded like a cool premise.

I kept reading because… it really is an awesome, page-turning, action packed, compelling story. If you have seen the movie, fine, but that is not the deep story with fully developed characters you get from the book. Read it, or read it again, it engages most readers and there is something new to learn with multiple readings.

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

Six Word Recap: Government forces televised teen death match

This book reminded me of Battle Royale because… it is the same basic premise without quite so much violence.

Websites of interest:Suzanne Collins has her own website, with plenty of great links and info on the Hunger Games series.

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 After I finished the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins one of the first things I did was search online to find out if it was going to be made into a movie.  I was in luck when I found that Lionsgate had purchased the rights to make it a movie.  Of course I realized that it would be two years or so until the movie would be released but after having just read the conclusion of the epic trilogy I was already excited.  Like anyone who is a huge fan of a book I was also worried that the movie wouldn’t do the book justice and would flop like Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Worries aside, I hoped for the best. Continue reading