I recently started helping in DC's school. Last week I was asked to listen to yr 6 read (DC are in yrs1&R). One of the children was reading 'The Hunger Games'. It was a school book. Am I totally out of touch (in thinking that this is reading for at least age 15+)or is this standard yr 6 reading? And by reading I mean the story line, not the complexity of the actual reading (which seemed to be the standard of about 1/3 of the class). Thanks!
All yr6 seem to be reading it so in that respect it is standard reading. Not sure if it should be a school book but most children read it around that age. The films are only 12s. I personally am not a fan but then we have also not read all of the Harry Potter books to our 6/7 year olds and they have had to wait until they have read the book before they watch the films.
I believe that Scholastic recommends it for 11-13 year olds which feels about right to me.
My DS is younger than that age group but is an extremely advanced reader. I don’t hold with forbidding books but we did discuss the Hunger Games and I suggested that he might enjoy it more if he was a bit older.
Tbh is wasn’t particularly the violence that bothered me but I thought the delicate nature of Katniss’s relationship with Gale and the complexities of her relationship with Peeta might completely pass him by.
It's in the older readers section in our primary school. Having a book available in the school library is very different to studying it in class. (That said, ours will be doing Macbeth this year, and I think that'll be a stretch for some.)
My year 5 twins are reading the hunger game series at the moment. They're both very mature and I was struggling to find books they were interested in reading ( particularly ds ). They're not overly sensitive children so they are fine with it and are really enjoying the books but I can imagine that some 9 year olds would be upset by the content so I think it depends on the child. I only decided to let them read the books when my dd told me they had Mockingjay on the shelf in her mixed yr 5/ yr 6 classroom so I figured that the school must be ok with children that age reading the books.