‘Hunger Games’ among most challenged library books: Should it be in school libraries, on curricula?

The Associated Press is reporting that “The Hunger Games’’ is among the most challenged books by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. The association defines a challenge as “a formal, written complaint filed with a library or school requesting that a book or other material be restricted or removed because of its content or appropriateness.”

From AP:

“In last year’s list, when just the title book of the trilogy was in the top 10, complaints included “sexually explicit” and “unsuited to age group and violence.” Collins herself acknowledged her dystopian stories were not for everyone, telling The Associated Press at the time that she had heard “people were concerned about the level of violence in the books. That’s not unreasonable. They are violent. It’s a war trilogy.”

“For the new study, which also included “Catching Fire” and “Mockingjay,” the objections were more varied, and harsher, including “Anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence.”

“Barbara Jones, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, thinks anticipation for the “Hunger Games” film led to closer criticism of the books.”

“For instance, there was complaining about the choice of actors for the film,” Jones says. “You had people saying someone was dark-skinned in the book, but not in the film, or dark-skinned in the film and not in the book. In general, a lot more people were aware of the books and that led to more kinds of complaints…”

“Collins’ million-selling novels ranked No. 3 on the association’s list, rising from No. 5 last year.”

The most challenged works were Lauren Myracle’s tween novels “ttyl,” ”ttfn,” ”l8r” and “g8r,” cited for being sexually explicit and “unsuited to age group.” Kim Dong Hwa’s “The Color of Earth” series was second, challenged for “nudity,” ‘’sex education,” being sexually explicit and unsuited to age group.

The library association reported 326 challenges total, a slight drop from 348 the year before, although the ALA believes that for every complaint filed several others are unrecorded. The association did not have a number for how many books were actually pulled.

The list included such classics as Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (”insensitivity, nudity, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit”) and Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” (”offensive language, racism”). Also cited were Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” (”offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group”), Cecily von Ziegesar’s “Gossip Girl” series (”drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit”) and Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s “Alice” series (nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint”).

“Others mentioned were Sonya Sones’ “What My Mother Doesn’t Know” (”nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit”) and “My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy,” by Dori Hillestad Butler (”nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group”).”

“The biggest surprise was the absence of “And Tango Makes Three,” the picture story by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell about two male penguins who raise a baby penguin. “Tango” had topped the list four out of the five previous years.”

“I’d like to think people are getting more tolerant of the theme of homosexuality,” Jones said. “But maybe other books are just getting more attention. Young adult novels are the big thing right now and we’re getting a lot more feedback about them.”

A few weeks ago we discussed the age-appropriateness of the movie, but what do you think about the book? Should it be in school libraries – particularly elementary libraries?  And some  high school English departments are adding it to their literature studies curricula. Is that appropriate?

I was reamed so much for asking questions about it without reading it the last time that I am currently reading the book. I am on page 223. I will see the movie after I read the book.

I looked up the data on the reading levels for the book and here is what I found on Scholastic.com:

“Interest Level: Grade 6 – Grade 8

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.3

Lexile® measure: 810L

DRA: 70

Guided Reading: Z

Book Type: Chapter Book

Genre/Theme:

  • Adventure
  • Science Fiction

Topics:

  • Families and Social Structures
  • Homelessness and Poverty
  • Survival”

I agree that the reading level seems equivalent to about fifth grade. The sentence structure isn’t overly complicated and the vocabulary isn’t particularly high level.

While there are deaths and killings on the playing field, I am surprised by how un-graphic they are – at least so far. (My neighbor said the movie was definitely more graphic than the book.)

I haven’t gotten to the end yet so I don’t know how violent or graphic the final deaths will be for the lead characters that we care about. (I am hoping they can all be spared. Wishful thinking?)

But I do contend the themes are very upsetting and the concept of children being sent each year to kill each other is pretty harsh.

I am fine with high schools reading it, and I think even using it in the curriculum is appropriate. (There are lots of good discussions there including some for social studies.) But I wouldn’t use it in curriculum for middle school or below. And I wouldn’t let my elementary students read it.

So what do you think about parents filing complaints about “The Hunger Games?” Do the second and third ones get more violent? What would the questionable material be in there? What grade level would you let read? Would you approve it for curriculum?

What about the other books that received complaints? Do any surprise you?

103 comments Add your comment

DB

April 10th, 2012
1:50 am

It is a book about recognizing oppression and finding the courage to reject it. I don’t think any book about courage in the face of fear is a bad thing. I suppose Sacher’s ”Holes” should be taken off because kids die? I think the point is that Katniss recognizes the evil of the games, it’s not that she is a killer with no conscience.

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djm_NC

April 10th, 2012
6:58 am

i agree with DB. too early to post much. the whole political thing struck me stronger than any of the violence. i speak of the book not the movie.

shaggy

April 10th, 2012
7:08 am

I am curious. Do they also “challenge” Logan’s Run? It too, is a dystopic story, and equally violent. The movie (I am sure at least some of you are familiar with the movie) didn’t enjoy the special effects that we enjoy today…those effects that make violence and killing so much more fun than say watching naked people, doing what naked people do, right? Show a man or a woman being torn apart, but it’s a sin to show them making love.

ABC

April 10th, 2012
7:26 am

Have read the first book, not seen the movie yet. My take is it’s for mature 5th graders and up who can discuss the themes, plots, etc. with an adult as they read or in a group setting like a book club. Yes kids die, but this is fantasy. This is not our world as we know it, although the author is certainly drawing parallels to authoritarian regimes in our past and even present. The film is rated PG-13, so it is probably more graphic than the novel, but like with the Harry Potter books/movies or even the Star Wars saga, it’s up to the parents who know what their child can handle.

Gtmom

April 10th, 2012
7:27 am

I usually find that most people who will keep the books off the shelves are the very ones who will never read the books. I found the violence in the books to be similar to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Just last week my son (age 7) and I were discussing Issac from the Bible. My son had a hard time with the idea of God telling Issac to kill his only son. This lesson was part of his Sunday School lesson. Talk about violent!!! Last year, my son came to me and asked me why would God kill the first born boys of the Egyptians. My son’s point was that even though the Pharaoh was wrong that doesn’t make it right to kill innocent babies. Again, part of his Sunday School lesson. I talked him through this.
Violence is part of our life – like it or not. I found the books to be very good read about how violence can mess up a society and hurt people/families. My 7 year old is not ready to read this books because he has nightmares. We only made it through the first couple Harry Potter books. Stopped at book 4 because he was getting to scared. But I don’t plan to hide the real world from him. He needs to learn that there are bad people at there and it is our job to be informed so that we don’t ignore atrocities like Rwanda, the Jewish Holocaust, Darfur, etc etc.. I think a book like this would open up dialogue when he is ready and mature enough. I am sure every child is different. My younger son may be able to handle this book at a earlier or later age. It is my job as parent to help them figure that out.
About violence…. I don’t make it part of our everyday world. We don’t have TV at all in the house. We don’t have video games. My boys don’t even wrestle. My seven year old does read with a passion (what else does he have to do) so I do have to make sure to keep an eye on what he picks up to read. We do listen to NPR every morning so he does know about uprisings and genocides happening in the rest of the world. In fact, after Egypt overthrew their dictator last year.. he tried to convince his friends at school to protest so they could have a “regime change.” I never thought that I would get a call from his principal telling me that my kindergarten is leading a protest to get a regime change.

Voice of Reason

April 10th, 2012
7:30 am

Let’s ask Kurt Vonnegut how he feels about this?

The Nazi’s used to burn books that they found offensive. By all means, let us follow their example.

If I have said it before, I will say it again. It is not what you are reading, or what you are listening to, or what you are watching that influences you more so than not knowing the difference between what is right, and what is wrong.

If you understand the difference you can see, hear, or read anything and it should not matter.

Why is this such a hard concept to comprehend for some people?

Me

April 10th, 2012
7:48 am

Having seein the movie – although I didn’t particularily enjoy it (wife said “let’s go” so se went) – I found it no more violent or graphic than many of the “M”-rated video games being played by numerous individuals under the age of 17. I also found it to be on par with numerous other notable literary works such as those mentioned in earlier posts. I wouldn’t think that elementary school libraaries should have the books but see no reason why high schools shouldn’t. After all, it is still the responsibility of the parental unit to offer guidance to their offspring.

DB

April 10th, 2012
8:59 am

I heard of one librarian who kept “banned” books on a special shelf — with admonitions that students have to have permission from their parents in order to read them. Guess which books were the most popular in the entire library? Kids would forge notes in order to get to read the books they weren’t “allowed” to read. Nothing like telling a kid they can’t do something to make them want to do it more!!

To be honest, I found the book more “graphic” than the movie. Yes, the bee-stinging episode was kinda icky, but then, I’m not terribly fond of bees in the first place. In the movie, the lead character seemed somewhat oddly detached from the deaths happening around her, whereas in the book, we were privy more to her thoughts. As far as the “explicit” sex scenes . . . huh? What book were THEY reading? A couple of hesitant kisses was about it. A 9 year old would see more revealing stuff at their neighborhood pool.

safetydance

April 10th, 2012
9:25 am

Are these the same parents who let their little ones watch the movie Rango…which has a lizard that gets drunk in a bar?

Augusta

April 10th, 2012
9:46 am

I have a very open mind, but there’s something about kids killing kids that just rubs me the wrong way.

Numerous friends have read the book with mixed emotions. You either LOVE it, or you HATE it…There is no in between…..

I’m not sure I’ll read the book. I have so many other books to read…..but who knows,….

jarvis

April 10th, 2012
9:50 am

@DB, that is so true.

Last summer my wife’s friend had to ask two high school students to stop their “activities” in the pool as it was all in plain site of anyone walking by.

pws

April 10th, 2012
9:54 am

GTMom: I so enjoyed reading your post about your little ones. I am also a GT mom, but my girls are 27 and 23, and you brought back so many memories for me. The 23 year old taught herself to read, in PK, by reading the newspaper about the GT basketball team. Needless to say, I had to also watch what she read, because just because she could read it, didn’t mean she was ready for the content of a lot of books. Her third grade teacher gave her a book to read that she had not read herself, and after having to answer a lot of my daughter’s questions about topics an 8 year old shouldn’t need to be asking, I had a conference with the teacher and asked her not to give her books to read that were not age appropriate. She wound up reading a lot of classic books that year, written by authors such as Beverly Clearly, that were written for middle school age kids in the sixties, where the topics weren’t so graphic. It’s sad to me that kids can’t just be kids anymore, although this child was always a “little adult in a kid’s body”.

MomsRule

April 10th, 2012
10:00 am

I can only comment on The Hunger Games title as I haven’t read the others mentioned.

I read the trilogy at the recommendation of my 12 year old after we saw the trailer a few months ago. He read The Hunger Games a couple years ago (who knew) and thought that I would enjoy the book. We have also seen the movie.

I really don’t understand all of the commotion. Yes, it is a dark story. So what. It is no more violent than any number of other things and I actually didn’t think it was overly graphic. IMO, there is just enough detail to set the stage but it is up to the reader to conjure up the images. I have to imagine young minds will conjure up mental images much different than adult minds.

My son and I have had some great conversations about the story and I really enjoy hearing his opinions and listening to his interpretations and what he took away from the story.

I have no issue with these books being in the library of elementary schools. Wait until high school? Seriously? (shaking head…I just don’t get it.) It is a story people. If you don’t want your kid reading the books, that is fine. But don’t try and control what my kids can check out of the library.

Augusta

April 10th, 2012
10:13 am

When I go to movies, I like to be entertained, especially the prices you have to pay…..I don’t want to pay my hard earned money to see something dark and violent….I’m just not wired that way.

I prefer to be entertained at the movies……

JATL

April 10th, 2012
10:14 am

I just don’t get the whole “banned books” thing. When it comes to “The Hunger Games” and the other two in the trilogy -I think any kid on the reading level to comprehend them (about age 10 and up) should be able to read them. The complaints against them cited in the article are bizarre. What’s the example of “satanic/occult” material in them? How on earth are they “anti-ethnic”? “Anti-family” -really -a girl volunteers to probably give her own life in order to save her sister, and that’s anti-family? Katniss’s backstory deeply explores how the loss of her father greatly affected her family and her mother’s subsequent depression almost ruined them, but she illegally hunts and does whatever she has to in order to keep them fed. Gale does the same thing to keep his family fed.

YES -we get it -it’s a violent story! In case no one has noticed, the world is full of violence. Always has been and always will be. It’s a good idea to discuss violence and the implications and repercussions -and better ways to handle situations with your kids as they grow than to shield them from it all the time. If your child is reading these books -there are several wonderful talking points you could discuss with them. I think they should be available in all libraries, and I would have RELISHED the opportunity to teach them to middle or high school students! The themes, the material -so many wonderful essay topics!

No one is asking that they start reading them to 1st or 2nd graders or show them the movies -we’re talking about kids who are watching plenty of movies like Batman or The Avengers and playing video games where they routinely shoot people, but they’re not supposed to read a book that actually has some merit? These books are not going to warp anyone. I don’t know about the other YA books on the list (the non-classic ones), but seriously -sexually explicit, violent, cursing -whatever -it’s really not going to harm a kid who is in 5th or 6th grade or older. They’re seeing and hearing much worse on school buses and in cafeterias every day.

JATL

April 10th, 2012
10:19 am

Oh -and speaking of violence, you would be hard pressed to find more than is in the Bible, and so many (particularly these who want to ban books) expose their children to it every day -even really young children! I finally had to explain what the crucifixion was to my six year old last weekend. Hmmmm -a man getting his hands and feet nailed to a cross and then left to hang there until death -OH, but wait -a soldier was merciful and plunged a sword in his side to kill him quicker. NO, that’s not disturbing or violent in any way…

Question

April 10th, 2012
10:30 am

@Augusta

If you don’t want to see darkness and violence THEN DO NOT PAY MONEY TO SEE THE MOVIE!

Seriously, was there even a point to that last comment at 10:13am or did you just want to see your name on the computer screen?

Teacher, Too

April 10th, 2012
10:37 am

I am opposed to banning books in school libraries. If parents don’t want their children to read certain books, that needs to be handled within the family.

Kids are killing kids- it’s in the world news almost daily. Kids are being used as suicide bombers, and kids in Somalia are child-soldiers— this exists. So, why wouldn’t this idea be used as a storyline in a piece of fictional writing?

It’s low-level reading for high school. As we talk about the dumbing down of school curriculum, why would high school teachers use this kind of literature to teach? I understand that ideas and themes may create high interest for students, but the new Common Core Standards call for more difficult and sophisticated types of writing, rather than lower-level pieces of writing.

Kids play video games, watch movies, and listen to music that have worse themes and language than this book (athough my students tell me the second book of the trilogy is really violent and dark).

safetydance

April 10th, 2012
10:40 am

I thought the third book was too mature for young middle school kids. In it, Katniss is put in morphine induced comas. I think it condones drug use. In our modified middle school (5th and 6th grades), it has been banned. The first two are allowed, though.

Voice of Reason

April 10th, 2012
10:42 am

@Teacher, Too

BRILLIANT, I completely forgot to throw out the importance of knowing the difference between fact and fiction. Good call.

Cathie

April 10th, 2012
10:44 am

Why do we need to ban books to begin with?? Is the Hunger Games any more violent than Lord of the Rings Triology or even (gasp) Harry Potter — where one of the Weasley twins gets killed at the end. My daughter (age 12 1/2) started reading Hunger Games in 5th grade and finished the last one (Mockingjay) this past summer. She absolutely loved the series and yes she did have questions but she also had questions about why the Iraqi army is using kids to kill. There are so many other things to worry about than whether or not to ban books.

P.S. to the person who referred to Isaac killing his son. It was Abraham who was told by God to kill his son Isaac and at the last minute God sent a lamb for the sacrifice. (Gen. 22)

Augusta

April 10th, 2012
10:54 am

@Question – thank you so much for clearing that up for me. You are a genuis!!!!

And if you read my post correctly (And I do love to see my name in print), you will read that I do not like to pay my hard earned money to see dark violent movies.

Do you need help with reading comprehension? Or was it your goal to call someone, ANYONE out. Go back and re-read my post if you are that confused.

Huh?

April 10th, 2012
11:33 am

@GTMom — No television, no video games, and you listen to NPR? You have no idea now telling that information really is.

Justathought

April 10th, 2012
11:33 am

There is no evil in knowledge, even the knowledge of evil…

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 10th, 2012
11:41 am

Augusta — It is a very fast read. You probably could finish in a day or two. I was doing OK up until last night and I got to one “friend’ killing in the net and got pretty emotional about that one. Now it’s down to the characters we know — not just numbers from other districts. I did tear up but I all out wept at Dumbledore’s death. I will probably finish the book today and I’ll get back on to comment further. I do want to see the movie now for comparison’s sake — (I don’t think I will particularly enjoy it but for work purposes. I will probably read the other two for work as well — see where the story goes.)

colt45

April 10th, 2012
11:53 am

High school students have been enjoying the Hunger Games books ever since they have came out. The freedom to read what you want should be a right because its hard for a student to get in to a book and Hunger Games is one that students can get in to.

Constitutional Rights

April 10th, 2012
11:54 am

Everyone who opposes this book is forgetting about Freedom of Speech. If you are a parent and you don’t want your child to read the book, then that’s fine; you have the right to parent your child. However… it is morally wrong to prevent the spreading of ideas to the general population. People (adults and kids) should have the freedom to chose to read books of their choosing.

XH

April 10th, 2012
11:55 am

I think the problem here is that people see the violence and in the last book the morphine addiction and think the author is saying we should approve of this and it is good. That’s not actually true.

Of course kids killing kids would rub you the wrong way. It’s supposed to. The books don’t applaud this concept, but use it to show how truly horrible things are. This is a plot hook and a way for the villains to be the most heinously horrible thing possible. Similarly in the last book the drug use isn’t glamorized. It’s not shown as good and wonderful and a thing everyone ought to do. It’s there as another way in which Things Are Bad. If very bad things couldn’t happen in books there’d be a serious lack of meaningful content to read.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

April 10th, 2012
11:57 am

One other note I asked my fifth grader, who is a very advanced reader, if she wanted to read The Hunger Games and she said “No way. That’s about kids killing other kids.” I’m like OK good. I would have had to think on it if she had said she was interested in reading it.

jo55

April 10th, 2012
12:01 pm

This book is a great book that has a lot to do with finding courage in some of the darkest of times. If thats not worth teaching in a school, then what is?

Larry

April 10th, 2012
12:02 pm

It’s just another book that will be protested until another more controversial book is published. I don’t think there is any problem in letting students read the book; it’s their decision, and if they want to read ‘The Hunger Games,’ they should be able to. Everyone has a right to chose what they read and don’t read, or see or don’t see. If the book is causing that much controversy, then we might as well ban every book that even mentions a dark skinned man or a sword and shield, because that’s racism and violence.

Likeap1mp

April 10th, 2012
12:06 pm

if kids start killing each other we’ve got problems and should probably review this book, however, untill that time, how about chill and let people read what they want?

JoeTheJokester

April 10th, 2012
12:07 pm

I haven’t read The Hunger Games but many people have and I have heard that it is a very good book. I do not believe it should be banned. Kids should have the freedom to read what they want because we live in a free county. There are also plenty more books that are more violent so why should this book be banned and not the others such as The Lord Of The Rings.

BobTheMoonMan

April 10th, 2012
12:09 pm

The Hunger Games is a really good book. I don’t believe we need to ban any books that are published today. If you look at other books, there are a lot that have violence and foul language then this book. Kids listen to music, play bloody video games, and watch horror movies, and I don’t think you”ll banned any of those from kids. This book isn’t just read by high schoolers, a lot of adults read them to. If you don’t like the book, then don’t read and don’t watch the movie. I don’t believe this book is bad for kids. I love the Hunger Games!

D.A.

April 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

Why should this book be banned? Yes, I agree that it is parents responsiblilty to be aware of what their children read, but some kids are more mature than others. A book should’t be banned because one person is hiding their child from the real world.

Barack Obama

April 10th, 2012
12:14 pm

If you are able to look past the violence of this series you will gain a very deep possibley disturbing idea of what could happen to our society. You are all worried about you kids reading about violence but you are completely missing the importance of this book. No it probably isn’t suited for your kid if he isn’t in highschool yet, but that is assuming that he will have the attention span to read through the first 10 pages and still enjoy it. i think you are all scared about the story being told behind the pages of this book. But don’t worry ill be here to save you.

Shortness

April 10th, 2012
12:14 pm

Honestly kids should be aloud to read whatever they want whether it’s in school or in a public libary. America isn’t called The land of the free for nothing. people who think they can dictate what kids do. good luck because not all kids will obey.

Gtmom

April 10th, 2012
12:15 pm

Thanks PWS! My older boy likes to read.. so glad he does. I enjoy a quiet house so it is nice to not have tons of electronics playing in the background.

Cathie – you are correct.. I messed that one up! Still had to explain to my son who had a hard time understanding his violent God.

I don’t want libraries to ban books for my children. I want to be in charge of that. I think I would have no problem with my kids reading the material if they can handle it.

Huh? – I have no problem with TV or video games… we just have no time for it. We spend less than an hour and half at home each day. NPR is in the car in the morning to get some news. On vacation at the beach, I have no problem with watching TV or Movies.. but there we seem to have lots of time.

Neale

April 10th, 2012
12:18 pm

The books are poorly written, lacking in plot and limited characterizations. While very violent, the violence often appears to be just “for the fun of it” in terms of plot and storyline, i.e. not necessary for plot developement, but solely for having violence in the story. Yes, it’s a war novel, and the violence levels are not excessive to war, but some of it serves no point in the story. I do not approve of censorship of any kind, so I do not rate books for “suitability”, as that varies by child OR adult.

Evie

April 10th, 2012
12:30 pm

Chill out moms. It’s a clever story written meant to be shelved in the youth section of any book collection. And if us adults get it (which I do), good for us understanding the kids interest. So many stories have been written about apocolyptic societies (Mad Max, WaterWorld, etc) so nothing knew here except the basis of the story. With all the tech tools, games and gadgets around, older kids hardly even want to pick up books anymore. My son falls into that category…he reads ONLY when he has too but he has REQUESTED the Hunger Game books. So Kudoz to Suzanne Collins for drawing their interest to a good old fashioned book!

shaggy

April 10th, 2012
1:01 pm

Constitutional Rights,

I tried that one out on my mom when she found the secret stash of Hustler magazines, when I was twelve.
She just didn’t understand the love that I had for the US Constitution and that this fine, educational literature could be bought (or stolen) from the store. I think that I yelled, “Who are YOU to step on the United States Constitution?” Saying that was the last thing I remember, before I saw stars and heard birds chirping. I woke up up to her tapping her foot, saying, “If you think that was something, wait until your father gets home.”
I waited. She told him, and he angrily took me out behind the wood shed…and told me to yell like the dickens, while he popped his belt on the wood. Then, he stopped and whispered to me, “The Constitution thing didn’t work, did it?

Aquagirl

April 10th, 2012
1:01 pm

No, it’s better to let the coach send them out there to break someone’s leg on the football field. Or take them to a pro game and see the REAL bounty hunters. That’s clean family fun for most of America.

MacDaddy

April 10th, 2012
1:05 pm

Why are you complaining about children learning violence from a book? I mean if they are so into violence, all they have to do is get up and whatch the news with you. We live in a corrupt world filled with violence and kids dont act violent because of one book they are violent because of what they see at home, on t.v., and even on the street. Also writing is an art much like drawing or painting and when people draw or paint blood or death people see it as a beautiful peace of emoitins and a wonderful peace of art but when people write about death, blood, and violence it’s disturbing and not acceptable. if you don’t want your kids reading it, tell them thay can’t, but let other people parent their children the way they want, and if they say its fine, they read it then you should put a sock in it.

MH15

April 10th, 2012
1:06 pm

I agree with DB. I think that Katniss is showing courage and is standing up for what she thinks is right. Plus, if the government keeps taking the freedom Americans have away and keeps telling us what we can and can’t do, we are headed in the same direction as Katniss is in. These books are teaching kids how to stand up for what they believe in.

Hobo32

April 10th, 2012
1:07 pm

Parents should have the final say of whether their kids read The Hunger Games or watch the movie. It is no one elses business to define what other people’s kid reads. Yes, maybe younger kids shouldn’t read it until they are in middle to high school, but it should deffinitly be allowed in libraries country wide.

raw meat

April 10th, 2012
1:08 pm

I have never read this book, but I think if parents dont want thier kids to read this book, they can tell thier kids not to read it, but I think it is not very inteligent to have them take a book that many kids are interested in read off the shelve at librarys.

Bubba7

April 10th, 2012
1:09 pm

The Hunger Games is a great book to read for school or for your own personal enjoyment. Now dont get me wrong, I dont think that the book should be read when children are young, but I believe that high schoolers should have the chance to read the book in school and out of school.

zr24

April 10th, 2012
1:14 pm

The Hunger Games should stay in schools because students have a right to read what they want to read. Some kids have a hard time finding a book that they like, and for a lot of people, the Hunger Games is that book. If there is such a problem with the book, then why was it published? The book was published to teach a lesson; when we lose touch with what it means to be human, we start treating each other like animals.

readthis

April 10th, 2012
1:14 pm

As has been said numerous times already, parents should have the discretion to know what literature their children can and can’t handle. Banning the Hunger Games – or any book for that matter – is entirely asinine. I quote Justathought: “There is no evil knowledge, even the knowledge of evil.” Take some time to think about this quote.