In the interest of beginning with spirit and relevance the book club will kick off with not one, but three books, the third and final installment of which is not quite published. Written by Suzanne Collins, the trilogy begins with The Hunger Games, followed by Catching Fire, and will conclude with Mockingjay, to be released August 24. In truth, this is not actually a particularly ambitious undertaking. An absorbed little reader could likely plow through the first two books in the series in under four days, and as of this minute there are 17 before Mockingjay arrives. Hopefully this leaves plenty of time to both locate and anticipate. The real trick will be getting a hold of three separate volumes, one of which the kids are anticipating highly. The local library should have plenty of copies (don't forget audio!) and if you are building your own collection this series is likely popular enough to be acquired on the cheap.
A post focusing on The Hunger Games will appear here on (or around) the 17th, to be followed a week later by one on Catching Fire. We'll go from there regarding Mockingjay, assuming we still have eager readers on board. I think we will; it should be a satisfying end-of-summer read!
by K.A. Lewis