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27 May 2009 @ 05:52 pm
on FIRE  
On our return from vacation last week, I discovered this gem in the stack of mail.

The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy!!! I made myself put it aside so I could have time to read it straight through which I did today during the trip from Houston to NYC for BEA. As people were boarding a young adult saw the book and stopped in the aisle. "Is that the seoond book in THE HUNGER GAMES? How did you get one? Could you give it to me when you're done?" all came out in one breath. The woman across the aisle leaned in to see what all the fuss was about.Yes, I did a booktalk right there on Continental Flight #40. Then, I dove headfirst into the book.

No spoilers here as we have been asked to be circumspect so that others can enjoy the book when it pubs in September (Scholastic). However, rest assured that this book will do more than please those who loved The Hunger Games. There is action aplenty. However, since Katniss and Peeta have survived the games, there is also more reflection as they grow as characters as well. Twists and turns, plots and betrayals, and a cliff hanger of an ending. Phew! What a ride it was.

Now I need to turn my attention to APAC and BEA. NY is delightfully cool (in the 60s right now) and I am far enough above the crowded streets to enjoy the view and the distant noise. And I have two more books to take up my time between now and 9 am Friday when the exhibits open.
Current Location: NY NY a helluva town
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Lisa Yeelisayee on May 27th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
I want.
Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teenslisa_schroeder on May 27th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
Gotta love that gutsy young adult. :)

Have fun in the big city!
Faerlyn: banned booksfaerlyn_darkelf on May 28th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
awesome, that book is already on my amazon wish list! I haven't read hunger games yet, but I will - wrapping up the school year is a pain, but then summer will be all reading!
cdobrez on May 28th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
I agree entirely with your guarded review. I thought I was sure what the major plot would be in this book and I was WRONG. Definitely worth the wait for those who don't score a galley now. Love the airplane story. Lynn and I have some good teen stories already, too, and will share those on our Bookends blog as soon as she finishes the book.
(Anonymous) on May 28th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
I'm surprised you came out alive. My students are begging and pleading to be the first one to read it when I get a copy. They say they'll come back to school early next fall just to read it. :-)
sdnsdn on May 28th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
you are here?? email me.
alixwritesalixwrites on May 28th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
That's hilarious. Do you know I was on a plane a few months ago where both I and the 30-something man in front of me were reading The Graveyard Book . . . and he wasn't going to the conference I was attending or anything.

Can't wait to see Catching Fire.

Edited at 2009-05-28 09:38 am (UTC)
Sarah Darer Littmansaraclaradara on May 28th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
Soooooooooooooooooo jealous!! Can't wait to read it!
(Anonymous) on June 15th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
I am so jealous!
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Catching Fire. I have already been promoting the Hunger Games and Catching Fire to my reading and ELA teachers. I am a middle school librarian, and we are so excited to have the Hunger Games on the Lonestar List for next year. I have even spoken to our 8th grade AT teacher about using the document camera to read the book as a class. Just think of the wonderful enrichment activities this book would inspire! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts on great literature!