The ballad of songbirds and snakes / Suzanne Collins.

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      Summary: 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 outmaneuver 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 favor 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.
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      Ballad of song birds and snakes.
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      COLLINS, S. The ballad of songbirds and snakes. First edition. [s. l.]: Scholastic Press, 2020. ISBN 9781338635171. Disponível em: Acesso em: 21 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Collins S. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. First edition. Scholastic Press; 2020. Accessed October 21, 2020.
    • APA:
      Collins, S. (2020). The ballad of songbirds and snakes (First edition.). Scholastic Press.
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      Collins, Suzanne. 2020. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. First edition. A Hunger Games Novel: [0]. Scholastic Press.
    • Harvard:
      Collins, S. (2020) The ballad of songbirds and snakes. First edition. Scholastic Press (A Hunger Games Novel: [0]). Available at: (Accessed: 21 October 2020).
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      Collins, S 2020, The ballad of songbirds and snakes, First edition., A Hunger Games Novel: [0], Scholastic Press, viewed 21 October 2020, .
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      Collins, Suzanne. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. First edition., Scholastic Press, 2020. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Collins, Suzanne. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. First edition. A Hunger Games Novel: [0]. Scholastic Press, 2020.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Collins S. The ballad of songbirds and snakes [Internet]. First edition. Scholastic Press; 2020 [cited 2020 Oct 21]. (A Hunger Games Novel: [0]). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1

It's been a decade since the Capitol overcame an uprising and instituted the bloody Hunger Games as punishment. Some families, like the Snows, lost much in the war. Coriolanus, 18, hides his poverty with charm and fights for acclaim in school, hoping success will restore the Snows to their former glory. Mentoring a tribute in the tenth Hunger Games is the chance he's been waiting for, though Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute he's assigned, is from the unimpressive District 12. And this is not Katniss Everdeen's well-oiled Hunger Games. The event is brutish, short, and unpopular even with Capitol citizens. It's up to Coriolanus—and perhaps his tribute, a magnetic, natural performer who might exceed his wildest dreams—to make it, and themselves, into something more. Collins maintains a safe third-person distance from her protagonist, who is not yet the Machiavellian leader he will become. Less action driven, and in many ways less adroit, than The Hunger Games (2008) and its successors, this is an overtly philosophical examination of war, its aftermath, and the depths of human darkness. But readers fascinated by the world and hungry for more detail will forgive this prequel its heft, and secondary characters more compelling than the hero help to give it wings.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: There hasn't been a release quite this buzzy since, well, the last Hunger Games book (Mockingjay, 2010). Whatever your thoughts on Snow may be, people will want this book. Order up. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2020 #5

In this prequel to the Hunger Games trilogy (beginning with The Hunger Games, rev. 9/08), the Games are in their infancy, and eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow, the future president of Panem, is mentoring tribute Lucy Gray Baird, a beguiling singer-songwriter from District 12 -- but, as always, there are twists. First, quite a few mentors and tributes die before the games even start, victims of unfortunate "accidents" or rebel attacks. Second, there is a budding (though generally unconvincing) romance between Coriolanus and Lucy Gray. The play-by-play account of the Games occupies less of the book's attention than does Snow's character development. Despite an aristocratic background, the Snow family has fallen on hard times, and Coriolanus's future hinges on his success as a mentor, even as he sorts through his feelings about the Capitol-district enmity and about Lucy Gray. The rising action develops rather haltingly, and the downbeat ending seems to emphasize the worst in human nature. However, readers who make it past the slow beginning may find that Collins's storytelling gifts, characteristically formidable here, outweigh any shortcomings. Jonathan Hunt September/October 2020 p.86 Copyright 2020 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 May #4

Collins continues her unflinching exploration of power and morality in this prequel set 64 years prior to the events of the Hunger Games trilogy. In a challenging move that considers the journey from complicity to what lies beyond, the story centers on Coriolanus Snow, archvillain of the Katniss Everdeen era. Obsessed with restoring his family's grandeur and securing a rosy future for himself, the 18-year-old Academy student is selected to mentor a competitor in Panem's 10th Hunger Games. Though Snow feels slighted by his assignation, a tribute from lowly District 12, his mentee, songstress Lucy Gray Baird, shows an audacity and showbiz flair that captures the country's attention. Over the course of the Games—a relatively low-tech affair set in the war-scarred Capitol's crumbling arena—the two begin a close partnership. While Snow experiences moments of doubt about his participation, his ambition draws the attention of the sinister Head Gamemaker, Dr. Volumnia Gaul. Providing a counterpoint to Snow is classmate Sejanus Plinth, wealthy and compassionate, who must mentor a tribute from a district he still views as home. A gripping mix of whipsaw plot twists and propulsive writing make this story's complex issues—vulnerability and abuse, personal responsibility, and institutionalized power dynamics—vivid and personal. Ages 12–up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (May)

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