Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less.Published in 2008, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is the 1st novel in a trilogy by the same name. The 2nd and 3rd installments, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were released the following years by Scholastic.The novel follows a girl named Katniss living in a future, dystopian society, where she competes in an extreme reality T.V. show called the Hunger Games. The book was a commercial megahit, selling almost 1 million copies in the U.S. It has since been translated into 26 languages and sold in 38 countries. The Hunger Games was also well received by criticsin addition to winning the prestigious California Young Reader Medal, the novel was named a New York Times Notable Childrens Book and 1 of Publishers Weeklys Best Books of the Year.A film of The Hunger Games is scheduled for worldwide release by Lions Gate Entertainment in March 2012.BOOK EXCERPT FROM CHAPTERS 5 AND 6 OF THE HUNGER GAMESKatniss meets her attendants: Venia, Flavius, and Octavia, and her chief stylist, Cinna. There is not much time to losethat night, the 24 tributes are to be introduced in an extravagant, televised ceremony. The attendants frantically set on Katniss, waxing and buffing her for the cameras.Katniss takes to Cinna immediately. Typically, the tributes wear costumes for the show to represent the industry of their hometowncoal mining, in the case of District 12. But Cinna has an unusual angle, focusing on the fire rather than the mines. To her shock, he gives Katniss a dress with a cape that he plans to literally light aflame. I want the audience to recognize you when youre in the arena … Katniss, the girl who was on fire, he says.Katniss is convinced hes insane, but she puts her trust in Cinna, who has 1 final instruction. As Katniss and Peeta get in their horse-drawn chariot, he tells them to hold hands. Katniss obeys reluctantly, but she notices Peeta is more than happy to comply.The costumes, flaming and all, are a hit. Soon, the Capitol is abuzz with talk of Katnissthe Girl Who Was on Fire. Even Peeta remarks, You should wear flames more often. They suit you. Katniss is at once flattered and alarmed by his complimentafter all, hes just 1 more person plotting to kill her. Nonetheless, she decides to play along and kisses him on the cheek.The District 12 team is reunited for dinner the next day. They are waited on by an Avoxa red-haired girl who Katniss recognizes from home. Before she can stop herself, Katniss blurts out that theyve met before, and Peeta has to cover for her before she gets in trouble.Afterward, Peeta takes Katniss up to the roof, and she tells him the story of how she met the Avox. While she was hunting 1 day in District 12 with Gale, she saw the red-haired girl with a boy on the run. She guessed they had fled from the Capitol. A Panem hovercraft appeared, killing the boy before pulling the girl into the craft. The girl screamed for help, but neither Gale nor Katniss did anything to aid the young couple....to be continued!Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less.