And the winner is…

“The Hunger Games” wins landslide victory in ‘One Book’ vote
Sarasota County Libraries and its partner organizations have announced the winning title for the 2011 “One Book, One Community” program is “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

A young-adult science fiction novel, “The Hunger Games” received 84 percent of the 4,667 votes. This best-selling novel has shown remarkable cross-over appeal with adults and is the first book in a trilogy. The popularity of the book has led to a movie that is set for theatre release in 2012.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the government maintains control through a televised survival competition by pitting one boy and one girl from each of twelve districts against one another. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen’s skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place.

As was the case last year, Sarasota County readers chose from among six titles, three fiction and three non-fiction. Ballots were cast online and by paper at 22 locations that included the Sarasota County libraries, high school media centers, the Senior Friendship Centers, the Jane Bancroft Cook Library of New College of Florida, Fountains at Lake Pointe Woods, the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee campus and the State College of Florida Venice campus.

Sarasota County readers will have the summer to finish the book, followed by numerous themed programs, events, and book discussions for all ages beginning in the fall of 2011.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and keep checking back here.

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