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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Hunger Games: By Suzanne Collins A Book Report

A Book Report This book and book series (It is a trilogy.) is one of the hottest trends on he planet right now. It has already been compared to the Twilight series. My sister is a middle school teacher and told me this book is the best of the three. I took her word for it and bought all three books in the series. So far I am not remotely disappointed. The book is aimed at a younger crowd. It is being eaten up by high school and middle school student and has even snuck its way on to a few college campuses. I at the age of 37 am not afraid to delve into the category of young adult novels. They are usually easy to read and fun to explore. The topics with in are usually clean and free of profanities and even some thing you can recommend to your pastor or bible study leader. This book is no different. While the main subject is rather dark and sinister the story line is well written and the characters are well developed. The plot line is simple. In the future years of wars and ravaging have nearly brought the world to an end. The setting is an undisclosed time in the future and the biggest from of entertainment is The Hunger Games. In this said future dystopia. Teenagers and young adults age 13 -21 are drafted home and forced to play in gladiator like games of survival. It is a time-honored tradition of this future world and one nobody has stood to dispute. Katniss is the key player in the storyline and it is her point of view (it is told in first person) that the entire book series is seen through. The other characters are her family member and teammates and people who live in the same zone of population as her lovingly known as District 12. Each district has their own specialty or craft and she lives amongst the poorest of the poor. She is surrounded by working class man and known for its Bakers and as a result Katniss is dressed as fire to show off her districts strength. The book is first of all divided into three parts. Part I is known as The Tributes. Part II called The Games and Part III The Victor. There are 27 chapters in this book and it is 374 pages (paperback) in length. The chapters are therefore roughly 14 pages in length and fairly easy to breeze your way through. The contest of these chapters is intense and at times somewhat complicated. Nevertheless this is a must read book and an enjoyable form of entertainment. I finished the last third of the book in one sitting and could not bear to put it down the entire sunny afternoon. The sun shone down on me as I finished the last 150 pages or so and I am eagerly anticipated the next two novels. I will read them some time this summer so keep your eyes peeled to my blogspot for their reviews. Grade A

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A note from an editor!

Hi Matthew,

Thank you for the time and effort you put into this piece, especially on a Saturday morning. I can tell you definitely took good notes of everything that was going on during the event!

We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

There are a lot of spelling errors in this piece – make sure you proof read each sentence carefully.

I know I am getting back to you a little later I hoped, and I’m sorry about that! But if you have time tonight, please go through my suggestions and try to rework your piece. You can send me what you have tonight/tomorrow morning. Please bring a copy of it to the meeting tomorrow and we will discuss it further from there.

Once again, thanks for your hard work and promptness! Remember this is a learning process, and we are all part of the Waltonian team!

Talk to you soon!

Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm