Catching Fire By: Suzanne Collins Daniel Phillipp Reading-Roche Period-5 May 11th
Suzanne Collins BiographySuzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962, in Hartford Connecticut. Her father wasan U.S. Air Force pilot. He served in the Vietnam War. Since her father was in themilitary, her family moved around constantly. She attended school at Alabama School ofFine Arts and majored was theater arts. She then went to Indiana University graduatingwith a double major in drama and telecommunications. Her career took off in 1991 as awriter for children’s television shows. It was after meeting children’s author JamesProimos, that Suzanne was inspired to write children’s books. She has written many greatbooks such as Gregor the Overlander, Underland Chronicles, and the well –knownHunger Games series. Suzanne Collins is one of the most popular authors today.
SummaryIn this novel, Katniss Everdeen has just won the Hunger Games which is a competition inwhich tributes from each district are picked to go into an arena and fight to the death. Shehas also been told by the person who had won along with her, Peeta Mallark, that he lovesher. After Katniss won, her life was filled with greater wealth and better living. Thishappened because every victor of the Hunger Games gets treated well. Also, if you win younever have to compete again in your life. After winning the Games, Katniss is visited by thePresident, President Snow. He tells her that when she goes on tour with Peeta, she has totruly act like she loves him. President Snow, along with the Capitol, are mad at that fact thatboth Katniss and Peeta were named victors because of their eating the poisonous plant.They feel strongly that there should only be one victor of the Hunger Games. When Katniss and Peeta go tour the districts, they start off at district eleven. Thisis the most emotional for Katniss because she had partnered up with a girl from that district,Rue. Rue had been killed and this had haunted Katniss. During the rest of the tour it was thesame: give a speech about the tributes from that district, eat a grand meal, and leave for thenext district. But while on tour, to prove their love to President Snow, they arranged thatPeeta proposed to Katniss. She said, “Yes.” After the engagement, Katniss attends a party at the mayor of district twelve’shouse. She sees a video in his study where there is a sign of rebellion. This rejuvenatesKatniss to oppose the Capitol.
Summary (Continued) As the Quarter Quell is approaching, which is the seventy- fifth annual HungerGames, the tributes are chosen. Because it is such a large anniversary, the Capitol chooses totake the victors from every district into the arena. The people going in would be one boyand one girl. There were only three victors from District Twelve: Katniss Everdeen, PeetaMallark, and a drunk man named Haymitch. The two going in were Katniss and Peeta.Peeta volunteered for Haymitch even though Haymitchs name was picked. He did thisbecause he wanted to protect Katniss While preparing for the Games, Katniss and Peeta had to go to a room alone andprove themselves to a group of people. These people would give them a score. The score isgiven to the people of the districts so the people who send in supplies know who to pick.Peeta draws a picture of Rue. Katniss does the old game maker being hung. This man’sname was Seneca Crane. They did this instead of proving their skills because they wanted toshow the Capitol that they despised them. Although they did not prove any skill, they bothgot perfect scores so now the other tributes targeted them. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2,1, let the Games begin. Will Katniss and Peeta survive?Will a full out rebellion start in the Capitol? Read the book to find out.
Characters Main CharactersKatniss Everdeen- a young girl who is deaf in one ear, has won the Hunger Games, has aromantic relationship with Peeta Mallark, is strong spirited, plays an important role to howthe Capital makes decisions because of some of her thoughtless actions, and despises theCapital and wants to start a rebellion.Peeta Mallark- a young boy who is strong, has won the Hunger Games, is good withbaking, has a romantic relationship with Katniss, is a strong speaker in public, is morepatient than Katniss, always tries to protect Katniss, and he along with Katniss want to starta rebellion. Minor CharactersHaymitch Abernathy- is obsessed with alcohol, helps Katniss and Peeta train, has won theHunger Games, and is a main contributor to the uprising against the Capital.President Snow- a cruel, self absorbed leader who is harsh against rebels and will nothesitate to kill anyone who opposes him.Gale- a rebel, who hunts illegally, he also is good friends with Katniss, he also works in thecoal mines of District twelve.
Plot Introduction• Katniss is anticipating the preparation of the Victory Tour. Rising Action• Katniss is visited by President Snow.• Katniss and Peeta depart for their victory tour.• Katniss gives an emotional speech at District Eleven.• Katniss and Peeta get back to District Twelve.• Katniss sees a video that looks like an uprising.• Gale is whipped for hunting in the woods. Climax• The Capital decides to send a boy victor and a girl victor into the arena for the QuarterQuell, the seventy- fifth anniversary of the Hunger Games. Falling Action• Katniss and Peeta prove themselves to receive scores• Peeta draws a picture of Rue• Katniss makes a diorama of the old game maker, Seneca Crane, being hung.• These actions did not really prove Katniss’ or Peeta’s deadly talents but it was a messageto the Capital that they despised them. Conclusion• Katniss and Peeta enter the arena.• Read the book to find out what happens to Peeta and Katniss.
New VocabularyRetrospect- (n) a contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events, etc. (v) (usedwithout object) to look back in thought refer back (often followed by to) Pg-7Sentence: I wish I could go back to it because, in retrospect, it seems so secure comparedwith now, when I am so rich and so famous and so hated by the authorities in the CapitolSubtle- (ado) thin, tenuous, or rarefied, as a fluid or an odor; fine or delicate in meaning orintent; difficult to perceive or understand. Pg-13Sentence: “ Get up!” I say loudly, because I’ve learned there’s no subtle way to wake him.Protocol- (n) the customs and regulations dealing with diplomatic formality, procedure, andetiquette. Pg-108Sentence: “Is that the standard protocol here?”Pockmarked- (n) scars or pits left by a pustule in smallpox or the like; a small pit or scar. Pg-133Sentence: The snow’s pockmarked with footprints.Embodiment- (n) a concrete form; to express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form. Pg-175
New Vocabulary (continued)Sentence: They , or should I say we, are the very embodiment of hope where there is nohope.
Movie Characters Molly Quinn as Katniss Everdeen
Song now im walking in, walking into fire im walking into fire with you im walking in, walking into fire when I walk, into you im walking in, walking into fire im walking into fire with you im walking in, walking into fire when I walk, into you into you into you into you into you into you into you into you into you into you into youI would use this song because fire is involved in the title. Also some ofthe meanings of the lyrics relate to Katniss and struggles.
RatedI gave this book five out of five stars because it was full of action. It also was filledwith suspense. In this book I never lost interest, it was very intriguing. I often did myhomework quickly so I could read. I would recommend this book to everyone.