There has been so much conversation lately surrounding Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. Should children read it? If so, how old should they be when they are allowed to? Should they see the movie? If so, how old should they be for that?
I was in an elementary school library the other day and a young sixth-grader came up to the counter to check out one of the few copies of The Hunger Games that the library had available for students. She had a friend with her. The librarian checked the book out for the young girl and then ominously warned the girl,
Your permission slip has been signed by your parents; but your friend here has not had her permission slip signed. DO NOT GIVE IT TO HER OR LET HER READ IT.
As I watched the two girls listen to the librarian’s admonition, I saw their eyes widen. I remembered desperately and subversively reading forbidden books when I was young-Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews, just to mention a few. Personally, I think The Hunger Games is a great read for sixth-graders so I was secretly hoping the student would sneak and share the book with her friend.
My 11-year-old son shared this with me (he both read the book and watched the movie):
What do you think?