Hungry for Hunger Games
When Nina made a post not too long ago requesting any titles we may have missed we had several people respond with the suggestion of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I wanted to take a minute to both address my feelings on the book as well as to offer an opportunity to its supporters for Mock Newbery consideration.
Nina and I have both read the book and seem to have similar feelings about it. It seems as though everyone loved the book and thus wants it to be considered. But I haven’t yet heard an argument for the book that explains why it might be distinguished and merit potential Newbery discussion. Loving the book is not enough. I also loved the book. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait for the sequel. But I also didn’t find the writing anywhere near as distinguished as the other books we’ve put on the shortlist or as many of the others we’ve been discussing. Aside from the question of character development, which Nina has brought up, I just wonder if there’s something I am missing.
So I’m hoping that advocates for this book can take a moment or two and explain in the comments WHY you feel this book should be considered for our shortlist. Not just because it is loved and will be loved by young people, but why is it distinguished. Not just distinguished – but possible the most distinguished book for children from this publication year. I’m open to your thoughts, but so far I just am not convinced.
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About Sharon McKellar
Sharon McKellar is the Supervising Librarian for Teen Services at the Oakland Public Library in California. She has served on the Rainbow List Committee, the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee, The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee, and the 2015 Caldecott Committee. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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