At what age is the book series The Hunger Games appropriate?

Susan - posted on 04/19/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I don't know the books and haven't seen the movie and from what I hear, I'm not sure I want to. Any help would be appreciated!!

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Chet - posted on 01/28/2014

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Our oldest is 9 and an advanced and voracious reader. I've read The Hunger Games books myself, and I don't plan on suggesting our daughter read them until she's 11 or 12.

The publisher recommends the books for ages 12 and up, and although I think our daughter would get through the books now, I'd like to save them until she's older and will enjoy them more fully.

I often worry that she is reading books too early and not fully appreciating them because of her age. The books are suspenseful and would hold her interest, but the themes of love, power, unnecessary poverty, suffering for entertainment are really concepts an older child will grasp better. I have no particular concerns about the level of romance or violence. I'm mainly concerned the message would be lost.

Kathrine - posted on 08/17/2013

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listen to me honey... the hungar games are fine. my ten year old daughter watched the movie and read all the books.

Kat - posted on 08/15/2013

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my daughters nine she has seen the movie reading the book and cant wait to see the movie!

Lara - posted on 08/15/2013

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I didn't let my daughter who's turning 12 reading the books or movies but now the new one is coming out she desperately wants to see it

Izzy - posted on 07/11/2012

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Yeah. It's a good book. And, most children are smart enough to not be violent like the book implies. I really don't see an issue with this book at all.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/11/2012

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Susan, I do something my mother did with me. I was an avid reader as a child and still am as an adult. everything my child reads, I read first. I have introduced her to many books that I loved as a child and so far we haven't had much problem about her reading books I wouldnt want her too. Hec I remember getting Judi blume's endless love and underlining the "dirty" parts. With this system in place, my girls trust me...Ive never given them a book they didn't like. read the books...if you don't think you want your child to read them then don't. Go with your gut. Its helpful if you have a nook or kindle for this, that way they don't know you are reading the book until you have made a decision.,....BUT, if you decide not to, be prepared to tell them your reasons why.

Lakota - posted on 07/11/2012

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My 7th grader is reading it this summer. One of many books for his required summer reading. I think it depends on the age. Video games that some kids play that are rated E have more violence than this book.

Izzy - posted on 07/10/2012

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I'm going into seventh grade and have lately heard parents having a heart attack over it. It implies violence and romance and if you trust your child to comprehend the point of the book, then it's fine. I read it in the fourth grade and loved it. A lot.

Carol - posted on 05/15/2012

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I just finished reading the series and I really liked it. I think my 11 year old son might like it except for 2 things - the main character is a girl and it gets a little mushy. The violence in it is quite graphic, so make sure your kid is ready for it. The series is about a post-apocalyptic USA that's no longer the USA. It's a group of 12 basically enslaved, poor, beaten districts ruled by one spoiled, rich, cruel district who's citizens behave very much like stereotypical, modern, rich people (except for the cruel enslaving parts I hope). The 12 districts had tried to rebel and as a consequence have to subject their 12-18 year olds to an annual lottery with the winners competing in a 24-kid(1 boy, 1 girl from each district) fight to the death. It's been going on for about 75 years and the main character unwittingly becomes the symbol of the new rebellion. That's all on the back covers and the first chapter - so I hope I didn't spoil anything. It's definitely got action, adventure, violence, and a little romance (kissing only).

Cayla - posted on 05/13/2012

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I saw the movie and era the book . The book is pretty violents it all depends on your child's. Reading level. Personnely I think the book is awesome and my 11 year old read it too. I think the age group should be 11-65 don't wanna scare the elderly.

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In my opinion, the book is acceptable for 7th & 8th graders. If you have a mature 6th grader or a very advanced reader in 6th, it's OK. I would recommend reading the book first though. There are several parts that need to be clarified or discussed with the younger readers, in my opinion. The movie however, is closer to an R rated movie than PG-13, as you have to watch some pretty up close and personal death. With the book, the images are left to us and I find it hard to imagine an 11 year old picturing something too gruesome (unless, of course, they've been allowed to watch violent things and have already been given the mental images).

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