This question is part of the GRAB(ook) Club, an online book club open to anyone and everyone. This month's selection was The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.
I had not gotten around to reading the books or seeing the movie yet, but my 11-year-old sister got the ok from my stepmom last year to read the first book. However, my stepmom would not allow her to read the rest of the books at this point. At one point while I was reading it, Bear expressed surprise that the 9-year-old didn't see the book lying around and ask again to read it. Apparently he was asking a lot to read it last year, and several of his third grade classmates were reading it.
Now that I've read it, I definitely don't think that he's ready for it. He's reading Harry Potter again, but the violence there is much less direct. People are killed, but aside from Dobby, no one gets a blade in them. The good guys are using Stupefy and Expelliarmus, not trying to figure out when they'll have to murder an ally or feeling blood spray over them. The institutional governmental control in Harry Potter, especially in Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows, opens up questions and discussions about prejudice and oppression, but they're imprisoning Muggle-borns, not killing them on-screen or making them kill each other.
So, I have a couple of questions. I'm looking more at about the 8-10 year old age group here, both because I haven't known of kids much younger trying to read it and because I don't know how old the kids are that the rest of y'all are interacting with but my older one is 9 and I know Mel's two are in that range. If you were talking to a child in this age range about the books, what would you think if they asked to read them? And if they read the books and wanted to talk to you about them, either because you're their parent OR because you interact with them for another reason, what would you most want to discuss with them and why?
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