A story like this needs a different kind of heroine. It finds it in 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a tough, woods-savvy girl who hunts small game to feed her mother and sister. Leaving your district is a potential death sentence, but Katniss knows that the same people who could punish her are also her best customers, buying her squirrels and rabbits on the down-low. Katniss is known for delivering undamaged meat. She aims for the eye and rarely misses. When her younger sister is chosen as a tribute, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She survives the first day by climbing trees too slender to hold the big boys. And when she finally gets her hands on a bow, Katniss kicks butt. Even in the games, however, she only kills when there's no other option. Along the way, we discover how a brave, compassionate girl with a moral compass can survive and--just maybe--prevail in a world where might makes right.