Last week I took a day off from my regular duties as video booktalk host on Bookwink.com to go to the Book Expo in New York City. It was a huge, huge, huge conference for book people, and when I heard that Scholastic was giving away advance review copies of the sequel to The Hunger Games (a book for ages 12 and up), I knew I had to be there!
Well, I don’t know what time people woke up to get tickets for the Suzanne Collins autograph line. I suspect some people camped out at the Javits Center overnight. Sadly, I was not one of them and by the time I arrived at 10 a.m. the ticket booth was deserted with tumbleweeds rolling across the empty floor. So I didn’t get an autographed copy of Catching Fire (for ages 12 and up), but I did score a regular copy, which still made me jump up and down with glee!
I was curious to meet the lucky ones who did get a ticket, so I wandered over to the autograph area just before it opened. The line stretched back across the room at least 100 feet!
First in line was David, a 13-year-old from Baltimore, Maryland. I asked David why he is such a Hunger Games fan. He said, “It is a very neat story. The characters are very vivid, and the idea of the games is very fun. No, fun is not the right word. Interesting.” Yeah, competing in the Hunger Games isn’t my idea of fun either, but definitely interesting to read about!
Jen Cheng who works at Harvard Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts likes The Hunger Games because it is “so action packed and has a kick-butt girl character, not like Bella.” Oooh she just dissed Twilight! But it is kind of true. I mean, I love Stephenie Meyer’s YA series, but Katniss is one tough girl who could totally survive on her own in any situation, and Bella. . . well . . . couldn’t.
Check out some pictures from the event, and get excited!
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UPDATE: 8/25 Catching Fire will be available for sale on 9/1, but you can take a sneak peak at the first two chapters here.
— Sonja, reporting as The Splot’s eyes and ears at Book Expo America