The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Equally violent prequel shows notorious dictator as a teen.

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 73 reviews

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age 12+

Terrific... A few warnings

This book was a truly good book. It is the prequel to the legendary Hunger Games trilogy. Has great structure and many questions from the trilogy are answered. (Spoiler) the book ends with our main character trying to shoot his love dead because she found out about the murders he committed. The character Dr. Gaul makes me want to scream. Her view on humanity is we all have animal instincts of survival and killing just waited to be revealed at the right moment. There is little innuendo, though it’s there. There is lots of violence, but really anyone over eleven would be able to cope. A song has ‘ you can kiss my ass’ but it’s not bad. A teen says he’s acting like a jackass, but he is overreacting. Zero consumerism. Teens drink what is call posca, a very week wine. Men in their twenties get drunk a lot, but are never dangerous, just hungover and incoherent. I absolutely LOVED this book. I’m twelve, and a few of my friends enjoyed it too. ( though it’s not as good as the trilogy). Thank you for reading!!! Enjoy!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 13+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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For kids who love dystopian novels and adventure

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