girl-on-fire_lrg "When a society is founded on a lie...like a house built on sand, eventually it's going to sink."

 - The Inevitable Decline of Decadence, by Adrienne Kress

Read an excerpt from Adrienne's essay here. In The Girl Who Was on Fire, sixteen YA authors take you back to Panem with moving, dark, and funny pieces on Katniss, the Games, Gale and Peeta, reality TV, survival, and more.
  • How does the way the Games affect the brain explain Haymitch’s drinking, Annie’s distraction, and Wiress’ speech problems?
  • What does the rebellion have in common with the War on Terror?
  • Why isn’t the answer to “Peeta or Gale?” as interesting as the question itself?
  • What should Panem have learned from the fates of other hedonistic societies throughout history—and what can we?
The Girl Who Was On Fire covers all three books in the Hunger Games trilogy.

"Fans of the trilogy will undoubtedly enjoy exploring elements of the series through the eyes of the author's contemporaries, each with a different expertise. The selections address the deeper social and political issues as well as the development of multilayered characters through witty and sometimes raw essays that ask readers to look deeper." ~School Library Journal