The Hunger Games - My Perspective!

I love to read and enjoy many types of genre. While science fiction is not normally my first choice of reading material, I did read the entire trilogy of The Hunger Games during  Christmas break. Our family has a tradition of sharing books that began when our son was in third grade at Rock Creek, and through the years we have had lively discussions regarding the books we read. So upon Stewart’s recommendation, my husband and I read the series.

We found the books to be an easy, fascinating, and quick read. The premise is so unusual that we were quickly drawn in while being repulsed with the concept of children killing children. I continually found myself surprised that Scholastic published these books for adolescents ages 13 and older. The violence and premise of this series is not elementary age appropriate. I believe that some middle school students will be troubled with the graphic violence. Note this partial quote from the review in Focus on the Family:

In this tale of 24 teenagers forced to kill each other, readers follow a number of gruesome, bloody and otherwise disturbing scenes. One tribute murders another by snapping his neck. Other tributes are killed by spears, arrows, blows to the head with rocks, and the stings of mutated yellow jackets. Wounds ooze blood and puss, and the wounded smell festering flesh. One of the final tributes is mauled by a pack of rabid dog-like creatures for hours before he dies.

Bottom Line At School: Rock Creek students will not be allowed to use The Hunger Games for book reports, and students will not be allowed to read the books in the classroom. I request that these books stay at home. Before you react or get too upset, please read the rest of this post.

God placed your children under my care and I have the responsibility to protect them, nurture them, encourage them, and to maintain their innocence. The rate of children’s maturity greatly varies and what is allowed in homes varies greatly.  Families with teenagers often have very different dinner discussions than families whose oldest child is a third grader. After considering all factors, my decision is based on what is in the best interest of the entire student body. There are many good books to read at school and for book reports.

Bottom Line At Home: I believe that you should read The Hunger Games to make an informed decision if it is appropriate for your child to read. Then you can have dialogue with your children as they read the books. The book review at Focus on the Family provides discussion questions that would allow conversation opportunities from a biblical perspective.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and hear my perspective. Happy reading and if you have additional questions, please contact me.

Thoughtfully yours,
Maribeth Thomas | Rock Creek Principal