“If I was not in Literacy Workshop this year, I might not have read this book, but I would have seen the movie,” 16-year-old Sydney Curley, a sophomore at Greenwich High, wrote to her teacher.

She added: “I think people watching the movie without having read the book would miss out on a lot of the underlying feelings of the characters.”

At Tuslaw, the Ohio middle school, seventh-graders had been counting down to the movie after spinning off an array of projects from their study of the book.

They made movie posters and dreamed up alternate endings, created models of the arena and costumes, and acted out entire scenes in movies of their own making that they posted on YouTube.

In Denver, Anne Parsons has a reluctant reader in 13-year-old daughter Clare, who went to the movie with her seventh-grade class at the public Hill Campus of Arts & Sciences. Their teacher made reading the book a requirement for students to make the movie trip.

“She’s not an avid reader, but she loved this book,” Parsons said. “She finished it quickly, so I thought the movie was worth it for that alone.”