Librarians Grapple With ‘Hunger Games’ Mania

Interesting article below from the School Library Journal about Hunger Games. As we are a K-8 school, I did buy the Hunger Games trilogy for our library last year (though I did not purchase the Twilight series). However, in our library we have a “Middle School” section which is for grades 6-8 only, so it is not available to the younger students.  In part because of the huge demand for The Hunger Games, I sent home permissions slips this year to 5th grade parents which, if signed, would allow the 5th graders to check out middle school books. What would I do if I had a middle school child now? It would totally depend on the child. Some can handle violence and disturbing situations and others can’t. Also, there is a big difference between reading something and seeing it on the screen. For my daughter I was fairly liberal with what she read and stricter about movies.

Librarians Grapple With ‘Hunger Games’ Mania.

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5 Responses to Librarians Grapple With ‘Hunger Games’ Mania

  1. Maryann Marowski says:

    Thank you for your insights and for caring about our children’s well being. I just cringe when I see that my daughter choose this book over the many great books that are out there to read. I hope she realizes that it is a disturbing book and returns it to the library.
    Thanks for not banning the book, either. What kind of author and publisher would lure children into such an evil world?
    Maryann

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  2. And you are a good mom for realizing that sometimes middle schoolers just want to read what everyone else is reading–it’s almost hard for them NOT to.
    I have to say, though, that I somewhat agree with you. I would have let my 8th grader read it, yet I do wonder why anyone would want to write a YA/middle school book about children killing children. It’s well-written and a good step above the vampire books, but very dark.
    It’s tough–it’s also great to have any book that get some students (especially some boys) reading.

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  3. And thanks for reading the blog! 🙂

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  4. You were pretty good about letting me read what I wanted but very strict on TV! 🙂

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  5. Joe Prus says:

    SOUNDS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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