Parent brings complaint about ‘Hunger Games’ to School Board
A concerned mother asked the Goffstown School Board Monday, Sept. 20, to remove a book from the Mountain View Middle School curriculum because of its violent subject matter.
Tracy LaSalle of Goffstown said her 11-year-old daughter began having nightmares after reading “Hunger Games,” a novel by Suzanne Collins, in her seventh-grade class.
The first novel of a trilogy, “Hunger Games” is a story about a post-apocalyptic future in which 24 teenagers are forced to compete in a televised battle to the death.
During that battle, the book’s heroine, Katniss Everdeen, must “start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love,” according to the publisher’s description of the novel.
LaSalle told the School Board that the book was wholly inappropriate for her daughter or any other student.
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Guillermo del Toro Talks The Fall and Vampire Lore
The Fall, the second chapter in Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s Strain Trilogy, was released by HarperCollins last week, and the publisher has shared with us a great video interview of del Toro discussing the book and the vampire lore that inspired him.
New York is in chaos. Fires burn uncontested on deserted streets and avenues. Looters have their way with abandoned shops. Desperately overextended and underinformed emergency response teams are all that remain of the city’s shattered infrastructure. Masses of panicked citizens clog the highways and train stations, frantic for any means of escape. And what they don’t know is that they are fleeing a fate much worse than death.
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What do you think of the Hunger Games and the complaints against it? The banning of books is always interesting to me- especially when you’re talking about banning books from schools. Isn’t school a place where forward thinking and discussion about what might be / hypotheticals supposed to happen? Isn’t the school classroom supposed to be a safe place to educate and discuss? Sometimes books are confronting and not for everyone – and I understand that some parents don’t want their kids reading some things, but that choice should come down to the individual. The Hunger Games is a fantasy book – that touches on some very real and scary points – but I personally would rather think about those things and have kids discuss the issue than turn a blind eye and have them discuss frivolous, mindless ‘happy’ things all the time. Books are their to broaden the mind, not keep people in darkness.
What do you think?
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