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Elizabeth Heyman is a senior at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey. Here, she explains her love for comics and shows what an educational resource they have been for her.
Along with millions of crazed preteen fans, I was lucky enough to be among the first viewers of The Hunger Games at the midnight opening last night. When my girlfriend and I arrived at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square theater at 9:30 pm, the line was already stretched the length of 3 full blocks. The vibe in the crowd was amazing --- very teenage-girl heavy, but my favorite costume was a grown man wearing a braided wig, carrying a bow and arrow, and running up and down along the line posing with it. There were also a number of brunette braids, homemade “Team Peeta” and “Team Gale” tee-shirts, a handful of imaginative Capitol outfits, and a multitude of Mockingjay symbols in the form of shirts, pins, and stick-on tattoos.
March 23, 2012

Aimee Agresti on Inspiration

Posted by Dana
  The author of the young adult novel ILLUMINATE, Aimee Agresti is also a former Us Weekly staff writer and entertainment journalist whose work has appeared in People, Premiere, DC Magazine, Capitol File, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Washington City Paper, Boston magazine, Women’s Health and the New York Observer to name a few. In this post, she talks about her various sources of inspiration for ILLUMINATE.
With just ONE DAY left until the Hunger Games movie release (who’s going at midnight??), I’ve been thinking a lot about how the book will translate to the screen. In almost any movie adaptation, there are inevitably changes from the original book. But since the Hunger Games’ fan base is such an impassioned one, I’m guessing Lionsgate hasn’t taken too many liberties --- otherwise they may have an angry army of fans threatening to overthrow them!
With THE HUNGER GAMES movie practically in our grasp, it may seem a bit odd to be anxiously awaiting the release of the second film in the franchise, CATCHING FIRE. Soon enough we will all have seen THE HUNGER GAMES for the first time --- and many times after that --- and we will have a long wait until the second book in the trilogy comes to life on screen. Here are my top 10 things to look forward to in the adaptation of CATCHING FIRE from book to screen. Warning- spoilers ahead!
As soon as it was announced that THE HUNGER GAMES would be made into a movie, there were rumblings about how Hollywood would be able to transfer the world of Panem to the big screen and secure a PG-13 rating, while maintaining the credibility of the book. Casey Scieszka, co-author of the book TO TIMBUKTU ---  and uber fan of THE HUNGER GAMES --- weighs in on this, sharing her insights into just how this might be possible.
March 19, 2012

Movie Casting for The Hunger Games

Posted by tbrmaureen
When I read fiction, I conjure up the essence and general looks of each character in my head; but unlike some of my friends and family, I don’t match a specific face to each name. One of my friends recently told me that she assigns celebrities or well-known faces to each character --- others don’t have any images of the characters in their heads at all, focusing instead on the characters’ inner lives.
Cinna’s designs made Katniss a star, and now readers of THE HUNGER GAMES can recreate some of his brilliant designs too! From Effie Trinket’s pink hair to Caesar Flickerman’s suit and of course Katniss and Peeta’s fiery costumes, there are so many choices!
March 14, 2012

An Interview with Alexandra Monir

Posted by Dana
Today the blog has a special interview with Alexandra Monir, whose novel TIMELESS was just released in paperback from Random House Children’s Books. Her publisher has also just released “Secrets of the Time Society,” an e-book short story that serves as a bridge between TIMELESS and Monir’s upcoming novel, TIMEKEEPER. You can visit Alexandra on the web at and follow her on Twitter @TimelessAlex. You can also “like” her on Facebook at!/TimelessSeries  
Every year March Madness takes over in North Carolina, as some of college basketballs' best teams rally throughout the NCAA tournament (Blue Devils all the way!). However, this year THE HUNGER GAMES is bringing North Carolina to the forefront and creating a frenzy all on its own!