Un-Forgettable Friday: Catching Fire (Book Giveaway) by Suzanne Collins
Yes, you read that right. . .you can win your very own hard cover copy of Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (the sequel to The Hunger Games) by leaving a comment below. I’m not even going to make you do anything special in your comment if you don’t want to–you can just say “pick me” or you can tell me why you liked The Hunger Games or if you are a writer, tell me what you are working on or another good series you have read. Bascially, just leave me a comment, so you can be entered into the random drawing, which will be held on Monday, October 12 around noon CST. (Leave your comment before then). Okay, let’s get onto talking about Catching Fire!
*Young adult book, science fiction
*Teenage girl as main character
*Rating: Catching Fire is as good as The Hunger Games. When I read the last page, I couldn’t believe I would have to wait a year to find out what will happen in the third book! UGH!
Short, short summary: Peeta and Katniss must go on their Victory Tour throughout the twelve districts since they both survived and won the Hunger Games. People in the all-powerful Capital are absolutely in love with the pair, who for the first time outwitted the Gamemakers and infuriated the government officials, including creepy President Snow. While on their Victory Tour, Katniss and Peeta both realize that many people in the districts seem ready to rebel and fight against the Capital and their cruel Hunger Games. But then more and more of the horrid Peacekeepers begin showing up and squashing people’s hope with cruel punishments. Hope is especially squashed when a terrifying announcement is made about this year’s Hunger Games, which happen to be the 75th anniversary. Every 25 years–it’s the quell, and something “special” happens in the Hunger Games to make sure and really dampen the spirits of the twelve districts’ citizens. What will the 75th games mean for Katniss and Peeta? How is Katniss doing with her struggling emotions between Gale and Peeta? Is Haymitch still drinking himself silly? How did Prim and Katniss’s mother survive during the Hunger Games? All of these questions and more are answered in Catching Fire, and Suzanne Collins will leave you wanting even more!
So, what do I do with this book?
1. In the beginning of the story, Katniss devises a plan to run away and take her family and loved ones with her. Before they read what she decides to do, ask your students to write in their reading response journals about the pros and cons of her idea. Then ask them to choose a side, and write arguments for that side only. Then hold a debate in your classroom, and ask students to debate about what Katniss should do and why. If you are reading this book as an individual or as part of a homeschool class, you can do the journal activity and write a persuasive paper about what Katniss should do.
2. Katniss is confused by the way many of the tributes are acting in the arena during the Hunger Games. Ask students to predict what they think is going on and why people are acting the way they are acting. Make sure students base their predictions on clues from the book. When they make a prediction, ask them to support it by quoting sections of the text that support their ideas.
3. Let your students or your teens have fun with Catching Fire! Give them this prompt: Be a designer or speech writer for Katniss and Peeta. If you were part of Katniss’s and Peeta’s design team, what sort of costume would you design for them when they go on their Victory Tour? If you had to write a speech for them, what would you have them say? Write a speech or draw/design a costume for the District Twelve victors.
Don’t forget to leave your comment below on anything you want to enter the contest for a chance to win this book for you, your favorite teen, or your favorite classroom/library.
The book for the book giveaway was purchased by me through Amazon.com.