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Katniss Everdeen. Primrose, Gale, and Peeta. Have you met them yet? If not, I highly recommend that you read The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
I first read Hunger Games about three years ago. My son was in seventh grade at the time. He had been a voracious reader up to that point, but suddenly had stopped reading for pleasure. He was teetering on the brink. I couldn't stand the thought of him missing out on all of the brilliant young adult literature out there. I had read about this book online, and I thought it sounded like the perfectly engaging book for a 13 year old boy. Who knew that it was a perfect book for me as well? We both devoured it, as well as the two that followed it.
Fast forward to this year, when my daughter was ready to read it as well. Fueled by the conversations she had overheard between her brother and me, she flew through all three books in two weeks. She was thrilled to be a part of our conversations. She was thrilled to share that connection, especially with her big brother. She was thrilled that her teachers could barely contain their excitement when they asked her opinion about it.
Part of the beauty of reading is being able to share and make connections with others. One of my favorite questions to ask my friends is, "What are you reading lately?" I am always hoping they will fill me in on a little gem of a book to be put on my ever-growing "to-read-next" list. The best part is the conversations that take place with the "recommender" after reading the recommended book. Often times, we take such different ideas away. My opinions are challenged, and my thinking is enriched.
Finally coming to that point with my children is pretty amazing. When I was reading The Foot Book, Goodnight Moon, and Junie B. Jones to my babies, I never even imagined the joy that would be awaiting us in the future-- the joy of connecting through more complex characters and experiences. Little did I know that The Foot Book would lead to the Book Thief and that Junie B. would lead to The Help.
In a few weeks, The Hunger Games movie is coming out. My kids and I will be attending the midnight premier--we have never done such a thing! We will be celebrating my daughter's thirteenth birthday. For me, it will be a celebration of that and so much more.