The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins

 The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Suzanne Collins, Scholastic Press, (9781338635171), 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++

 Genre: Dystopian fiction

 What did you like about the book? This is the story of President Snow during his teenage years.  He is assigned to be a mentor (the first time this has ever been done) to a tribute in the Hunger Games.  At this time they were not slick and fancy as they grew to be, in fact few watched the 24 children from the twelve districts kill each other off in an arena.  The organizers hoped that providing a mentor to each tribute might make the “games” more popular.  And this did, indeed, work.  Coriolanus Snow is assigned to Lucy Gray from District 12.  He does, in fact, fall in love with her and it is reciprocated. Can’t give much more away here but the story is an examination of the inner workings of Snow’s mind which is fascinating.  This is a prequel to the Hunger Games.  I’m sure there must be many more like myself who are hoping that Suzanne Collins also follows the future of Lucy Gray.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Not a thing.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who has read the Hunger Games trilogy will want to read this – and anyone who has not read the trilogy but is preparing to just might like to read this one first.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries along with middle and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it?  Young adult fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? By all means, yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review: 7/23/2020




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