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Gail is Katniss's best friend and hunting partner in District 12. He is two years older than her. His last name is not provided by this novel, but is mentioned in the rest of the trilogy. Gale is characterized by Katniss as an attractive boy, though she claims there is no romance between them. He is a skilled hunter and a positive presence in her life. He is as poor as Katniss (if not more so), and equally responsible for providing for his family as she is. His father was killed in the same mine explosion that killed her father. Gale calls Katniss "Catnip."