Jude, a 15 yr old boy, thinks his mom gave him up at birth. Only after his drug dealing father is killed do the authorities find out that Jude’s mom is the District Attorney. They also discover that Jude’s dad kidnapped him when Jude was 3wks old. With open arms, Jude’s mother Anna Grady, welcomes him into her swell life and sends him to a very nice prep school. One of his schoolmates OD’s on drugs and innocent Jude is immediately put under the knife. Harry, his mom’s boyfriend and the deputy police commissioner, tricks him to help Anna get elected on an anti-drug platform. He will clear Jude’s name, he promises, once Anna is elected. Jude, in turn, is tried as an adult and sent to jail for 5yrs. He then finds that Harry never meant to help him in the first place. He then learns to fight in jail. He needs to for his own good; survival of the fittest. This book has many twists and turns in it.
~Kylan E., Class of ’11
The Hunger Games takes place in Panem, which is a nation that was established after the destruction of North America. The Hunger Games is an annual event. The Games were enacted as “punishment for the uprising [of the districts], each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate” (Collins Page 18).The Games are only for children between the ages of 12 and 18. Katniss Everdeen is put to the ultimate test when she goes as a tribute in place of her younger sister Primrose, whose name was chosen to participate in The Games. Katniss’s competitor in District 12 is Peeta Mellark. At the beginning of The Games, Katniss recalls the time when Peeta once gave Katniss two loaves of bread when she and her family where starving. Also, “Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins” (Collins Page 18). This novel is best suited for both male and female teenagers to read. I could not stop turning the pages; the novel kept me very interested. I would recommend my peers to read The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games was very entertaining, yet informative at the same time.
~ Asia T., Class of ’11