The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a must-read for middle school students and teachers. It is the first book in a trilogy by Collins. I thought of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders while I read the drama-packed Hunger Games and the gang mentality of the characters. It is one of those books that captures the life of teen years in a very unusual setting. Snippets of Orwell's Animal Farm came through as well as I read about the Capitol government and big brother hovering over district citizens and tributes. Click here to get a glimpse of images that depict scenes from the book, but do read the book and get ready for the movie.
I'm off to read Catching Fire, the second book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.