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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 movie review

The team behind The Hunger Games film adaptations gets it. With plenty of explosions and covert operations to draw from in Suzanne Collins’s source material, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (Lionsgate Films, November 2014; PG-13) could have been just an action movie. Instead, the filmmakers’ decision to split the book into two movies allows […]

Do you wear what you read?

Since seeing Catching Fire (twice), I’ve taken to wearing my hair in a “Katniss braid”… and judging from the vast number of Katniss hair and makeup tutorials on the web, I’m not the only one who’s copped her style. Heck, even President Snow’s granddaughter and her classmates are rocking Katniss’s recognizable hairdo. Stealing style from […]

Brave new worlds

In her article “What Makes a Good YA Dystopian Novel?” from the May/June Horn Book Magazine, April Spisak offers thirteen recommendations for young adult dystopian books and series. We’ve also suggested some recently published Hunger Games trilogy readalikes for both YA and younger audiences here on Out of the Box. But since it’s always good […]

Katie enters the arena

Katie Bircher braved the midnight show to report on The Hunger Games. In order to get Richard to go I think I’m going to have in turn see Footnote, an Israeli father-and-son drama that doesn’t exactly sound up my alley (anybody else who was bored by A Separation, raise your unwashed hands). But i did […]

The Hunger Games movie review

Excitement was rampant at a March 23rd midnight showing of The Hunger Games (Lionsgate Films), director Gary Ross’s highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s bestselling dystopian novel. Before 11:30pm the theater was already packed, and our mostly undergrad-aged audience was impatiently waiting to see Katniss, the Capitol, and the Games brought to the big screen. […]

Hungry for more?

SLJ has been maintaining a page for Hunger Games content and links; also take a look at our excerpt from Patrick Jennings’ forthcoming  Chocolate Games and this smart piece over at Salon.

Excerpt from The Chocolate Games

“Hi, Mum! Hi, Pop!” Mike squeaks as he hops from the screen onto the table. “Look at me! I’m the first boy sent by television!” Mrs. Teavee shrieks. “You’re an inch tall! Oh, my sweet boy!” “Sweet?” Grandpa Joe whispers to me. “He blew Violet to bits!” True, Mike did chuck his flinty Everlasting Gobstopper […]

Survival of the fittest

Adding to the media (and merchandising) madness of the new Hunger Games movie, fans in New York, Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia can work out like Katniss and Peeta at the “Train Like a Tribute” class offered at participating Sports Clubs (NYSC, BSC, WSC, PSC). The classes, free and open to nonmembers, are starting now at […]

Hunger Games lite

We’ve heard from a few people looking for books for younger readers who are interested in, but not quite ready for, The Hunger Games trilogy. Here are some sci-fi and dystopian fiction suggestions for the pre-teen set (ages 9–11), all recommended by the Magazine. In Jeanne DuPrau’s The City of Ember, the titular metropolis has […]

Well, this is refreshing

A non-hysterical newspaper article in the Boston Globe about whether parents should let their pre-teens see The Hunger Games or not. Katie is going to be reviewing the movie for us so look out for that. She’s already posted some read-alikes. Has anyone seen Tomorrow, When the War Began? I don’t know if it got […]