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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by [Suzanne Collins]

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An Amazon Best Book of May 2020: If you read The Hunger Games in one sitting, settle in for the long haul once more—because The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is nearly impossible to put down. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place a decade after the war between the Districts and the Capitol, and even the "winning" side is still trying to recover. For the tenth anniversary, the Head Gamemaker brings in students from the Academy to act as a mentor to each of the tributes, and one of these students is 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow—President Snow, when we met him in The Hunger Games. Snow gets assigned the girl tribute from District 12, an underdog to be sure, but Lucy Gray Baird is her own flavor of Katniss—very different in style and personality, but no less compelling. You want her to succeed. And I felt the same about Snow, who, while still arrogant and entitled, finds himself questioning the purpose of the Games and the treatment of the tributes. There's so much I want to tell you about this novel, but I really want you to experience it all for yourself, because The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is incredibly exciting, thought-provoking, and relevant. Now please hurry up and read it because I’m dying to talk to someone about this book. —Seira Wilson, Amazon Book Review

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Gr 7 Up-Collins returns to Panem with this prequel to the hugely popular "Hunger Games" series. The focus this time is 18-year-old student Coriolanus Snow, the evil villain of the other books, who is assigned to mentor the girl tribute, Lucy Gray Baird, from District 12 in the 10th Hunger Games. Coriolanus is humiliated by this assignment-he should have received one of the plum tributes, not a nobody from District 12!-which further reinforces his feeling that his reputation is on a downward spiral. Although he comes from an old, respected family, they have no money and no power. No one gives tribute Lucy Gray much of a chance to survive the Games, but she turns out to be plucky, resourceful, and talented, and Coriolanus finds himself falling for her, with unexpected results. Santino Fontana narrates the audiobook in the first person, speaking clearly and distinctly. Characters are differentiated well and Fontana's authoritative voice authentically reflects Coriolanus's confident, arrogant character. In fact, the narration is so acutely tuned to Coriolanus that he becomes a sympathetic character. Series fans may be surprised to find themselves empathizing with the young lead, and fascinated by his descent into evil. Nuanced depiction of the flawed Coriolanus, combined with the fast-paced action and suspenseful tone make this a listen many will enjoy. VERDICT This audiobook will be in high demand in secondary school libraries and public libraries.-Julie Paladino, formerly with East Chapel Hill H.S., NCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07V5KKSZT
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Press (May 19, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 19, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 12170 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 541 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Suzanne Collins has had a successful and prolific career writing for children's television. She has worked on the staffs of several Nickelodeon shows, including the Emmy-nominated hit Clarissa Explains It All and The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo. Collins made her mark in children's literature with the New York Times bestselling five-book series for middle-grade readers The Underland Chronicles, which has received numerous accolades in both the United States and abroad. In the award-winning The Hunger Games trilogy, Collins continues to explore the effects of war and violence on those coming of age. Collins lives with her family in Connecticut.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Character Study
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4.0 out of 5 stars A trip backwards in time - Coriolanus's POV
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5.0 out of 5 stars A prequel worth waiting for
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5.0 out of 5 stars A prequel worth waiting for
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2020
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was well worth the wait for all Hunger Games. It's also a great introduction for people who have never read the original Hunger Games trilogy.

It focuses on the life of Coriolanus Snow (who in the original trilogy is a character you come to know well and dislike) it explores his younger years and the choices me hade that took him to become what he did in later books. The book also gives readers far more insight in to The Hunger Games themselves and how they came to be. Also explores more life in the Capitol which is interesting to read.

This is fantastic read for both Hunger Games fan and newer fans a like as you don't need any previous knowledge of the series to read and enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but hard to read at the moment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 8, 2020
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Julian Douglas
1.0 out of 5 stars *SPOILERS* Boring; very unlikeable character
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2021
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