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March 27, 2012

By Kim Bussing

Movie: ‘The Hunger Games’

By Kim Bussing Issaquah High School

Suzanne Collins’ first novel in the three-book series debuted on the silver screen March 23, starring Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. The movie takes place in a futuristic North America, where society is divided into 12 districts governed by the Capitol, a sadistic government that annually forces two teens from each district to fight to the death in the Hunger Games. The film brews with romance, action and the struggle of Katniss as she is faced with a brutal decision: kill or be killed.

Book: ‘When the de la Cruz Family Danced’

By Donna Miscolta Donna Miscolta’s debut, “When the de la Cruz Family Danced,” spans several decades and experiences as Johnny de la Cruz faces the consequences of one impetuous encounter from years past. He is confronted by the now-grown son of his ex-lover and the already tumultuous relationship between him, his wife and three daughters is strained as Winston Piña installs himself among the de la Cruzes. The concept of family, the trials of a man caught between two worlds and the delicate subtleties of love are brought into question in Miscolta’s story. This is a lazy day, feel-good book.

Music: ‘California 37’ By Train

Train has been an established part of music culture since 1998 and has further solidified its popularity in recent years with hits like “Marry You” and “Hey, Soul Sister.” Having a fan base that stretches across generations has allowed Train to outlast the scores of bands and artists that have succumbed to the rapidly changing music scene. On April 17, the band releases its sixth album, “California 37.” Singles, including “Drive By,” have been released and are on the top 10 charts.

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