The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

July 22nd, 2014 by

Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]

Submitted by Olivia, Age 11 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★★

Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12, the poorest district in Panem. Every year, one boy and girl from each of the 12 districts gets chosen to be in the Hunger Games- a public arena where children fight to the death until only one remains.

When Prim- Katniss’ younger sister- gets chosen, Katniss volunteers in her place. Now she is off on the ride of a lifetime with Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from District 12. When she gets placed in the arena, Katniss must fight for her life, and Peeta’s.

Some parts of this book are intense and violent, so I would not recommend it for anyone under 10. Other parts are romantic and exciting.
If you do decide to read this book, I think that you will really like it. I hope that my review helped you!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

July 21st, 2014 by

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this series, send them here.]

Submitted by Olivia, Age 11 from Florida

Rating: ★★★★★

In the second book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss and Peeta are sent back to the arena to fight to the death with people who have already won the Hunger Games. This book is action packed and more violent than the first book. During the story, some of the districts are starting to rebel against the Capital. This book has a really good cliffhanger at the end, so be prepared to read the third book!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

July 12th, 2014 by

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Submitted by Shelby, Age 13 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome book, way better than the movie, always keeps you on edge.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

July 11th, 2014 by

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up. If you want to give your parents more info on this series, send them here.]

Submitted by Shelby, Age 13 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

A little better than the first, and so many plot twists. Loved it!!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

July 7th, 2014 by

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Submitted by Mikel, Age 12 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★☆

In this book the Hunger Games by Suzanne collins Katniss Everdeen and Peetah Malark get there name drawn out of a bowl and have to participate in the 75th annual hunger games fight to the death for their district and for themselves.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

July 7th, 2014 by

Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]

Submitted by Devin, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The Hunger
Could you ever imagine being ruled by a cruel capital or having loved family be killed in an arena or go outside of your district to get food? That is how Katniss had to live along with Peeta, and Gale. Peeta and Gale are close friends to Katniss. Then there’s Haymitch, Katniss and Peeta’s mentor for the Hunger Games. My favorite part was when Katniss shot an apple out of a suckling pig.I recommend you read the hunger games if you like action packed books.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

June 25th, 2014 by

Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]

Submitted by Cecelia, Age 11 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The Hunger Games
The book I am doing is the Hunger Games and I think that the book is amazing because it has action. This book is about this girl named Katniss and this boy Peeta who fight different people in the story. They represent district 12.

Movie News: Underland Chronicles

April 1st, 2014 by

Gregor the OverlanderWith all the hype around the Hunger Games movies, it was surely just a matter of time before Hollywood would make a film of Suzanne Collins’ other book series, The Underland Chronicles (aka the Gregor books).

Well, the big announcement has finally come: no word on the release date yet, but an adaptation of the first book in the series, Gregor the Overlander, will definitely be hitting theaters at some point in the future!

But they’d better hurry up and shoot the movie fast because Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence have been cast as the leads, Gregor and Luxa!

It certainly seems like a strange choice because the characters are 11 years old, whereas the actors are both in their 20s. But the movie studio that’s doing the adaptation addressed their casting decision in this way:

“Whenever you cast iconic book characters, there will be some backlash from the fans. It seemed a natural fit to ask Josh and Jennifer to take on the roles of Gregor and Luxa because they’re already a known quantity to Suzanne Collins’ readers. Not only that, they’re two of Hollywood’s brightest young stars who have already proven their acting chops and their appeal in the Hunger Games movies.”

Makes sense, we suppose… And we can only imagine that same logic applied to the rest of the casting, plus a few surprises:

  • Woody Harrelson as Ripred
  • Elizabeth Banks as Solovet
  • Donald Sutherland as Vikus
  • Willow Shields as Lizzie
  • Sam Claflin as Henry
  • Liam Hemsworth as Boots

It is quite puzzling that Liam Hemsworth was cast as Gregor’s 2-year-old sister, Boots… but we’re so excited about the film we’re willing to just go with it.

In addition, how the Underland’s fantastical creatures will be represented will be a fresh new take, a source close to the Art Director stated:

“Well, elaborate state-of-the-art computer generated creatures has already been done in movies like The Hobbit, and while hand puppets were considered, I know for a fact that they started rehearsals on interpretive dance. So, none of the fliers will actually fly, but you’ll really see them fly through the magic of imagination!”

What about you? Do you agree with the casting? Leave a comment and let us know who you would cast if you had the choice. Also, leave a comment and tell us whether you believed a single word that we said because guess what —

April Fools!

(In other words, this is all fake! Did we getcha?)

😀

— Karen and Nancy

P.S. — We do really want to see movies of this series some day. So if you’re like us, well, sorry if we got your hopes up!

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

March 28th, 2014 by

Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]

Submitted by Ryan, Age 10 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

The Hunger Games is a science fiction novel by Suzanne Collins.
A girl Katniss volunteered for the Hunger Games because her little sister got picked for the Hunger Games. Peeta Mellmark was picked too. They both had never gone to the Hunger Games so they don’t know what to do. I liked the part when Haymitch threw up on the expensive rug and Peeta and Katniss threw him in the shower. I also threw up on an expensive rug. I would recommend this book to someone who likes action. I like this book because it has a lot of action and comedy sometimes

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

March 27th, 2014 by

Hunger-Games-Suzanne-Collins-book-review[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]

Submitted by anomynous, Age 10 3/4 from Rhode Island

Rating: ★★★★★

Hunger Games is a thrilling science fiction book. It has constant action. Katniss Everdeen, the main character, and Peeta Malik are obviously freaking when they get picked for the deadly Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a game the Capitol plays while the boy and girl from each district fight or die. Usually there is only 1 victor, but that all changes when Katniss Everdeen walks into the picture. My favorite part is when Katniss sings to Rue, while she dies. I had a connection to Katniss every time she shoots an arrow. My connection is that I love archery even though I’m terrible at it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes action and mystery.

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