|Catching Fire 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Collins, Suzanne
ISBN: 0439023491 ISBN-13: 9780439023498
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2009
Annotation: "New York Times"-bestselling author Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen, in this second novel of the Hunger Games trilogy.
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|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- Insurgency; Fiction.
- Survival; Fiction.
- Television programs; Fiction.
|Lexile Measure: 820|
|Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14|
|Series: Hunger Games|
|Book type: Juvenile Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.50" (1.15 lbs) 391 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 132824
Reading Level: 5.3 Interest Level: Middle Grades Point Value: 16.0
|Scholastic Reading Counts Info|
|Quiz #: Q47065
Reading Level: 5.4 Interest Level: Grades 6-8 Point Value: 24.0
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Contributor Bio(s): IV>Suzanne Collins' debut novel, Gregor the Overlander, the first book in The Underland Chronicles, received wide praise both in the United States and abroad. The series has been a New York Times bestseller and received numerous accolades. Also a writer for children's television, Suzanne lives with her family in Connecticut.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Spring)
Six months have passed since Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, with the next Games--the seventy-fifth anniversary--fast approaching. The story kicks into gear as the fascinating horrors of the Hunger Games are re-enacted with violence and suspense; a stunning resolution sets the stage for a grand finale. Collins has again delivered a page-turning blend of plot and character with provocative themes. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5)
Six months have passed since Katniss and Peeta won the Hunger Games, and now they are ready to embark on their Victory Tour of the districts, but they do so under an ominous threat to the safety of their family and friends, a threat delivered in person by President Snow himself. It turns out that Katniss's Games-ending stunt with the berries has been read not only as an expression of her devotion to Peeta but also as an act of defiance of the Capitol -- and because most of the districts fester with unrest, the Capitol is pressuring her to reinforce the first interpretation. The Victory Tour and its aftermath give her time to work through her ambivalence toward the rebellion (Does her celebrity obligate her to participate in the uprising?) and romance (How does she really feel about Gale? about Peeta?), but the Hunger Games are fast approaching, and since this is the seventy-fifth anniversary, these Games will be a Quarter Quell, an opportunity for the Capitol to add a cruel twist. This year's twist seems particularly so, but Katniss and company are equal to it. The plot kicks into another gear as the fascinating horrors of the Hunger Games are re-enacted with their usual violence and suspense. Many of the supporting characters -- each personality distinct -- offer their own surprises. The stunning resolution reveals the depth of the rebellion, while one last cliffhanger sets the stage for a grand finale. Collins has once again delivered a page-turning blend of plot and character with an inventive setting and provocative themes. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2009 June #4)
Fresh from their improbable victory in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta get to enjoy the spoils only briefly before they must partake in a Capitol-sponsored victory tour. But trouble is brewing—President Snow tells Katniss directly he won't stand for being outsmarted, and she overhears rumbles of uprisings in Panem's districts. Before long it's time for the next round of games, and because it's the 75th anniversary of the competition, something out of the ordinary is in order. If this second installment spends too much time recapping events from book one, it doesn't disappoint when it segues into the pulse-pounding action readers have come to expect. Characters from the previous volume reappear to good effect: Katniss's stylist, Cinna, proves he's about more than fashion; Haymitch becomes more dimensional. But the star remains Katniss, whose bravery, honesty and wry cynicism carry the narrative. (About her staff of beauticians she quips: "They never get up before noon unless there's some sort of national emergency, like my leg hair.") Collins has also created an exquisitely tense romantic triangle for her heroine. Forget Edward and Jacob: by book's end (and it's a cliffhanger), readers will be picking sides—Peeta or Gale? Ages 12–up. (Sept.)[Page 46]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 September)
Gr 7 Up—Every year in Panem, the dystopic nation that exists where the U.S. used to be, the Capitol holds a televised tournament in which two teen "tributes" from each of the surrounding districts fight a gruesome battle to the death. In The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008), Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, the tributes from impoverished District Twelve, thwarted the Gamemakers, forcing them to let both teens survive. In this rabidly anticipated sequel, Katniss, again the narrator, returns home to find herself more the center of attention than ever. The sinister President Snow surprises her with a visit, and Katniss's fear when Snow meets with her alone is both palpable and justified. Catching Fire is divided into three parts: Katniss and Peeta's mandatory Victory Tour through the districts, preparations for the 75th Annual Hunger Games, and a truncated version of the Games themselves. Slower paced than its predecessor, this sequel explores the nation of Panem: its power structure, rumors of a secret district, and a spreading rebellion, ignited by Katniss and Peeta's subversive victory. Katniss also deepens as a character. Though initially bewildered by the attention paid to her, she comes almost to embrace her status as the rebels' symbolic leader. Though more of the story takes place outside the arena than within, this sequel has enough action to please Hunger Games fans and leaves enough questions tantalizingly unanswered for readers to be desperate for the next installment.—Megan Honig, New York Public Library[Page 154]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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