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

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

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by Leah Wilson (Editor), Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Contribution by), Mary Borsellino (Contribution by), Sarah Rees Brennan (Contribution by), Terri Clark (Contribution by)

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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


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

Editorial Reviews

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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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BenBella Books, Inc.
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1240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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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Girl Who Was on Fire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 244 reviews.
prancing7dancing7dino More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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).
Aik More than 1 year ago
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?
vjp99 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very well edited and brought different views all together into one amazing volume.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Samuel Rickless More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know i read the books so fast. This really help me go deeper in to the book and the little deatils.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a HUGE fan of Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Prim...I sugest this book to anyone that is interested in Utopian/Distopian Societies.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have an obssesion with the series, then yes, it is worth it, but Im not finished the book yet, but it seems like its just about Katniss. And really, the thing that kept me into The Hunger Games, was Peeta Mellark. So, its pretty good if your favorite character is Katniss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book showed me some great things i didnt even realize. It is an INFRECING book. I kinda got bored b/c it kinda draggged....but still it is worth it. Go to my post i worte on mockingjay. Push the more button then look untill u find a big long one thay says EVERYONE DIES. Yep...thats mine. This book...as u can tell..inspired me. This book sparks things that i really had never thoight about. Plz...read it..its too long for.me to re write=]
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alright *takkes his hand and walks toward result 8*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really helpes u calm down after reading the three books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a rabid fan of The Hunger Games you'll most likely find the essays collected within to be insightful, making you think more deeply about the Girl Who Was On Fire and her companions. The esays at the beginning about the actual text were good. As it went on, though, some of the essays were hit or miss. There was one about fashion that I foud fairly boring, but the one about PTSD was really good. One essay about media and war seemed more like the author just wanted to talk about how she's been oh-so-put-upon by the nay-sayers of the world, and I often forgot that I was reading a book about The Hunger Games and not a book about whether or not the War on Terror is/was justified. I ended up skimming most of that pity party. BUT this is definitely woth the read if only for the literary essays. Those set the girl on fire again and make it worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to get the book but havent yet. But i can truly say that from the sample of this book that it will truly be as addictive and exiliratingas the Hunger Games trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It scared the crap out of me when the mutant jumped out of the tree!!! I can not what to buy it on dvd so buying it!!!!!!!!!!!! If I had to pick a team it would be Katnip or Gale!!!best trilogy ever made
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GO PEETA!!!! I Really HATE Gale I can't belive Katniss likes him BAALCH.... Gale is gross he reminds me of an old man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Team peata or team gale? I say team peata!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once a year, 24 children between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen at the reaping. The cruel entertainment for the rich people is finally coming. The Hunger Games have begun. In this action-packed thriller, 24 kids are chosen at random to fight in any given territory, until they die. This book has the perfect amount of romance, fantasy, action and science-fiction for every reader. There is a twist on every page. Katniss Everdeen has never been a fan of the Hunger Games. Neither has her best friend In the book, Katniss has a growing love for her new friend Peeta. The games are starting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please anyone who is reading this. Dont let this become one of those twilight movie. You will just ruin the books/movies for everyone if we start choosing teams or somthing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring hate it poop dont get it