There is an annual tradition in Panem where boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, are selected to participate in The Hunger Games, a fight to the death by two “tributes” from each of the 12 districts in the country.
When Primrose is selected for the games, Katniss steps up and takes her place. Also representing District 12 is Peeta Mellark, son of a baker who once gave Katniss bread when her family was starving.
Katniss’ time in the forests has taught her well, as the young heroine battles through life and death situations, eventually teaming up with Peeta to be the last two standing.
Subsequent titles in the series, “Catching Fire,” and “Mockingjay,” have been perennial best-sellers and have been turned into a movie franchise, with “The Hunger Games” set for release early next year.
Aimed at young audiences, “The Hunger Games” series seeks to teach important lessons about friendship, family and loyalty.
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