The Buzz on “Hunger Games”

Once upon a time, librarians felt like second-class citizens at BEA. Those days are officially gone. Librarians are now even quoted on booth displays (see above). Sharp-eyed Angelina Benedetti, Selection Manager, King County Public Library spotted this quote from Holland, Michigan school librarian and Printz committee chair, Cindy Dobrez (thanks for letting us use your photo, Angie!)

In our excitement over the quote, we left the book’s title out of the shot. It’s The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic, Oct), the first in a trilogy for young adults (although some librarians, including Cindy, also plan to buy it for their middle graders). Scholastic began sending out ARC’s months ago. Buzz has been building on blogs ever since. Cindy seems to have gotten the ball rolling back in February when she wrote about it on Yahoo’s AdBooks (registration required) after reading it during a Michigan blizzard (Scholastic’s marketing department is now busily trying to figure out how to control weather patterns). Dozens of other librarians have chimed in on the site, many saying it should be a Newbery contender. is giving away 100 copies of the ARC’s, as well as a chance to win a signed copy of the finished book. The contest is open until Wednesday, July 30th and names will be selected at random (winners have to agree to write a review).

You’ll also get a chance to nab a copy at ALA, at the Scholastic booth. In addition to the booth giveaway, Collins is scheduled to sign copies:

Suzanne Collins signing
Booth # 1108-1109,
Sunday, June 29, 1-2 p.m. C

The announced first printing was 100,000, but based on BEA reaction, it has been doubled.

Despite all this buzz, only two of the fifteen libraries I checked have it on order (the others are very likely waiting for reviews). It’s significant that one of the libraries already has as many holds as copies (from staff perhaps?)

Below are links to other blog posts about the book:

Terri Lesesne, “The Goddess of YA Lit”

Richie’s Picks

Texas Librarians’ book blog, “Oops, Wrong Cookie”

Kiss the Book “School library professionals and vetted students”

PW: ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller blog, Alison Morris, Children’s Book Buyer, Wellesley (MA) Booksmith

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

  • Hardcover: $17.99
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0439023483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439023481
  • Audio CD: $84.95
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0545091063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545091060
  • Audio CD: $39.95
  • Publisher: Scholastic Audio Books (October 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0545091020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545091022

One Response to “The Buzz on “Hunger Games””

  1. San Says:

    INCREDIBLE! I loved the Hunger Games! It was the perfect sci-fi!