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Are 'Hunger Games' books too violent for 'young adult' readers?

In Living Textbooks, university faculty share their knowledge and expertise with readers

Nov. 19, 2014

(Editor's Note: Leslie Bruce teaches English at Cal State Fullerton and is the editor of the blogCSUFYABook

I became interested in Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy a few years ago in a hotel restaurant, where I noticed a boy devouring the book instead of his pancakes.

Since then, Scholastic has sold more than 65 million print and digital copies of the books in the U.S. The series has inspired numerous imitations and continues to spawn teen-oriented merchandise.

The novels follow 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen as she struggles to end the Hunger Games, her tyrannous government’s annual practice of filming adolescents fighting to their deaths for the entertainment of the nation’s rich. Continue reading the full article  online .

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