The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) Award-winning author by Suzanne Collins (author)

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel)

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“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the best Hunger Games movie of them all” USA TODAY “Everything you would expect from Collins is here: fraught teenage love; plenty of violence… the themes of friendship, betrayal, authority and oppression will please and thrill” The Guardian “It works beautifully… please don’t make us wait another decade” The Times

  • pre-order Sunrise On the Reaping – the fifth book in the Hunger Games series – coming March 2025

Ambition will fuel him.Competition will drive him.But power has its price. It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute. The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

  • Three books, four films and one worldwide phenomenon, The Hunger Games original trilogy changed the face of global YA.
  • All three of the Hunger Games original novels have been made into major feature films, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth
  • The best-selling prequel to The Hunger Games, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes , was a global number one feature film in autumn 2023 and a number one New York Times and The Times bestseller in hardback in May 2020.

OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES

  • The Hunger Games
  • Catching Fire
  • Mockingjay
  • Sunrise On the Reaping – the fifth book in the Hunger Games series - coming March 2025 & a film adaptation is slated for November 2026
  • The Hunger Games illustrated edition is releasing in October 2024

Our July 2021 Teen Book of the Month

For our Teen Book of the Month for July we return to the world of The Hunger Games and to what became before the world we got to know through the eyes of Katniss and her friends. This time we are taken back to the early days of the tenth Hunger Games and Coriolanus Snow as he was at 18 years old. This is a compelling prequel that both informs the original trilogy and stands alone as a powerful, breathlessly exciting science fiction thriller.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmanoeuvre his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined – every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

We have chosen The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes not only because it is one of the biggest releases, but because it is always fascinating to revisit a story from a different point of view and to learn more about our favourite worlds. This backstory is ‘un-putdownable’ because in Snow we have a protagonist who is complex and always ruthless but maybe also capable of taking a different path. It has all the ingredients of the core novels, romance, betrayal, friendship, the use of oppression and control, and of course nail-biting thrilling adventure. A brilliant book whether you have read The Hunger Games or not!

Product Details

Catalogue number

1270 in SCB Offer April 2024

Series

The Hunger Games

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780702309519

Publisher

Scholastic

Date published

July 8th, 2021

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  • 528 pages

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New

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Author/Illustrator

Suzanne Collins

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