The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games Trilogy

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Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how ...

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Overview


Katniss Everdeen’s adventures may have come to an end, but her story continues to blaze in the hearts of millions worldwide.

In The Girl Who Was on Fire, thirteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more. From the trilogy's darker themes of violence and social control to fashion and weaponry, the collection's exploration of the Hunger Games reveals exactly how rich, and how perilous, protagonist Katniss’ world really is.

• How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
• What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
• Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
• What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?

The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

CONTRIBUTORS: Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Mary Borsellino, Sarah Rees Brennan, Terri Clark, Bree Despain, Adrienne Kress, Cara Lockwood, Elizabeth M. Rees, Carrie Ryan, Ned Vizzini, Lili Wilkinson, Blythe Woolston, Sarah Darer Littman

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A fascinating collection of essays about the Hunger Games series … This book is LEGIT. All of the essays are thought-provoking and they really get into the heart and soul of the series. In fact, I’ll even bet you that you’ll come away from this book liking the series more than you did already.
—Forever Young Adult

My copy is completely highlighted, underlined, written in the margins, and dog-eared. You don’t know how many times while I was reading it I said emphatically to myself, “Yes!!” as I underlined or highlighted a quote or passage.
—Book Nerds Across America

A must-read for those interested in the Hunger Games.
—Hunger Games fansite The Hob

School Library Journal
Fans of the trilogy will undoubtedly enjoy exploring elements of the series through the eyes of the author's contemporaries, each with a different expertise. The selections address the deeper social and political issues as well as the development of multilayered characters through witty and sometimes raw essays that ask readers to look deeper. The 13 articles encompass various issues, such as genetic mutations ("Not So Weird Science" by Cara Lockwood), the reality television phenomenon ("Reality Hunger" by Ned Vizzini), politics that lead the unsuspecting into wars ("The Politics of Mockingjay" by Sarah Darrer Littman), and love ("The Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist" by Mary Borsellino). Essays explore these and other subjects from within Katniss's world of Panem with humor, irreverence, and social understanding. This thought-provoking text will be especially useful for educators or librarians utilizing the multidiscplinary themes in this trilogy with their students.—Jessica Breslin, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935618041
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Leah Wilson graduated from Duke University with a degree in Culture and Modern Fiction and is currently Editor-in-Chief, Smart Pop, at BenBella Books. She lives in Cambridge, Mass.
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Table of Contents

"Why So Hungry for the Hunger Games?" – Sarah Rees Brennan
"Team Katniss" – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
"Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist" – Mary Borsellino
"Smoke and Mirrors" – Elizabeth M. Rees
"Someone to Watch Over Me" – Lili Wilkinson
"Reality Hunger" – Ned Vizzini
"Panem et Circenses" – Carrie Ryan
"Not So Weird Science" – Cara Lockwood
"Crime of Fashion" – Terri Clark
"Bent, Shattered, and Mended" – Blythe Woolston
"The Politics of Mockingjay" – Sarah Darer Littman
"The Inevitable Decline of Decadence" – Adrienne Kress
"Community in the Face of Tyranny" – Bree Despain

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    cool

    it was nice to read after the series because your so addicted you need something else to read about it, this was kind of like a step towards withdrawl

    57 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    Not great

    I didn't expect the book to be great, just a supplement to the series. Three or so of the thirteen essays are worth reading. There is some good insight, but for the most part, the essays just seem bland and boring comparing the Hunger Games series to reality TV shows or things like that. I bought it just to have, but I'd suggest waiting for it at your local library as to not spend $12 on it.

    44 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo

    I loved THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy Those books have stayed with me, and I think about their meaning in my life and in society. I like it when a book not only entertains me but is so well-written that I have to keep looking to find hidden meaning. When I saw this book with essays written by different YA authors on various aspects of THE HUNGER GAMES, I had to read it. There are essays on how the fashion influenced the rebellion, the reason why Katniss chose Peeta, and how reality shows affect the society of today and led up to the Hunger Games of Panem. There are funny pieces and serious works that really make you think. I really enjoyed the essay by Blythe Woolston about the mental health of the tributes and how that explains many of the problems of their society. I also liked the one on the politics of MOCKINGJAY and the revolution. If you want to take THE HUNGER GAMES to the next level, then you may find these essays enlightening.

    31 out of 37 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 22, 2011

    it was ok

    this wasn't the best book ever. I thought it was going to be the fourth book, but it turned out that it was only a book about the books. So, WARNING this is not a book in the series.

    23 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Great

    This really helped me think of how our society relates to that of the hunger games whilst helping me understand and see certain things in the book better. I actually went back in the book to say oh i didnt see that before (in the 500 times i have read the hunger games).

    15 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2012

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    It took me longer than usual to finish this book, not because it

    It took me longer than usual to finish this book, not because it's flat or dull, but because it has too much information to absorb fully in a short time. The Girl Who Was on Fire is a wonderful collection of essays from some of the most popular authors in the YA community on the various aspects of The Hunger Games. These authors share their individual insights and perspectives on the book and/or the series - their topics ranging from the characters, the fashion, the scientific aspects, to the mentality of the Games itself.

    'Love' plays an important role in Mary Borsellino's Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size of Your Fist. In her essay, she states that love can be your greatest strength, but it can also be your greatest weakness. Elizabeth M. Rees' Smoke and Mirrors discusses the ways the Capitol uses to trick and deceive, and how these tactics work. On the other hand, Bent, Shattered, and Mended by Blythe Woolston tells us about the impact of the Games on the surviving tributes, how the horror of it all affects their lives as an aftermath of the Games.

    Reading The Girl Who Was on Fire was a great experience for me. The essays are thought-provoking and deep in meaning. They made me think about many things, and I felt enlightened more than once while reading the book.

    Are you a fan of The Hunger Games? If yes, then I'm sure you'd enjoy these essays immensely. Even if you're not a fan of the series, this book will prove to be a valuable source of knowledge. What we can be sure of is that The Girl Who Was on Fire is a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. So, what are you waiting for?

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    Not bad

    Well... it isnt the real hunger games books, but it really helps you understand

    11 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

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    Good

    I thought this book was very well edited and brought different views all together into one amazing volume.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    SO OBSESSED

    Cool book to ponder over and fuel your obsessive energy. Also good for showing off said obsession. Yay The Hunger Games!
    P.S. Team Peeta forever!!!!!

    9 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Loved the series

    Obviiusly the series was amazingggggg but this book is just an explanation sort of i mean it gives other peoples thoughts and ideas it mite help u understand the series a but more

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2012

    Lol

    GO TEAM PETTA

    7 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    So stupid!

    I thought this would be good but I read the sample and hated it! Just a bunch of people praising the Hunger Games!

    7 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Wow

    Its a book ok? Who cares if katniss is being dramatic!!!! Thes how she was made ppl! The author did a really good job of leaving us up to decide who we thought was better, Gale or Peeta. And who cares if it turns out to be like twilight!!! THE BOOKS ARE GOOD and thats all that matters.

    7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Amazing!

    I am a HUGE fan of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Prim...I sugest this book to anyone that is interested in Utopian/Distopian Societies.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    Really GOOD!

    Awesome!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    <3

    If i marry gale do u think miley cirrus would be upset????

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    DID NOT LIKE THIS!!!!!!!!!

    Do not buy! I mostly wanted to find out about wiress and her stuttering, it did not thourly cover this. It said in the discription it had that! I also wanted to know about annies troubles, no luck. I maybe even wanted to know about their games, you know ,what happened in them. I HATED THIS.

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Confused

    I know i read the books so fast. This really help me go deeper in to the book and the little deatils.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Seriously

    im team PEETA CAUSE HE ROCKS GALE IS A LOSER how can u not be team peeta

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Anonymous

    TEAM KATNISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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