Hunger Games …… To See or Not to See by Soma McCandless

Everybody is talking about the Hunger Games!
All the books in the trilogy are best sellers and now the highly anticipated movie premiere is just over 1 week away. Adults and teens and everyone in between just can’t get enough of this series.

Most readers and experts agree that the storyline is superb and the book very well written.
John Green of the New York Times writes, “Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced.”

There is also no argument that there are some violent themes in this series.

On the back of book 1 there is a review from Stephen King:
“A violent, jarring, speed-rap of a novel that generates nearly constant suspense …”

As teens, tweens, and children all over America are digging into this book, many parents are left wondering, is this book/movie appropriate for my child?

Common Sense Media is one place you can get help answering this question.
All the content is free!

Common Sense rates all kinds of entertainment including movies, video games, books, TV shows, and websites. Ratings are done by paid professionals of all ages.
Ratings information comes from educators as well as kids.
Its easy to see ratings by the following categories:

Educational value:
Positive messages:
Positive role models:
Drinking, drugs, & smoking:

Another great feature is that Common Sense lists great questions that you can discuss with your child about a given movie or book.

After reading the reviews, lets say you agree to allow your child to read Hunger Games.
Why not read the book alongside your child?

Reading a book together (or around the same time as each other) and discussing it can be a lot of fun AND can build ALL of the following assets:

Asset #1. FAMILY SUPPORT Family life provides high levels of love and support.
Asset #2. POSITIVE FAMILY COMMUNICATION Young person and her or his parent(s) communicate positively, and young person is willing to seek advice and counsel from parent(s).
Asset #14. ADULT ROLE MODELS Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior.
Asset #20. TIME AT HOME For elementary school students: Young person spends some time most days both in high-quality interaction with parents and doing things at home other than watching TV or playing video games.
Asset #25. READING FOR PLEASURE Young person reads for pleasure three or more hours per week.

Aside from Suzanne Collins, below are some other authors whose books appeal to kids and adults alike:

Carl Hiaasen
Louis Sachar
Linda Buckley-Archer

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