116 pages 3 hours read

Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Inheritance Games

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2020

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Teacher Introduction

The Inheritance Games

  • Genre: Fiction; young adult mystery/thriller
  • Originally Published: 2020
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 640L; grades 7-12
  • Structure/Length: 91 chapters plus epilogue; approx. 372 pages; approx. 10 hours, 45 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Teen Avery Grambs unexpectedly and inexplicably inherits billions from a philanthropist she never knew. To collect the money, she must live in the dead man’s mansion for a year with his four grandsons (who fully expected to be left the fortune) while trying to determine the logic behind her sudden windfall.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Teen drinking and unsafe behavior; a character in a physically abusive relationship; profanity

Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Author

  • Bio: American writer of young adult novels and TV pilots; born in Tulsa, Oklahoma; attended Yale University for undergraduate studies and a Ph.D. (2012) in cognitive science; a Fulbright scholar at Cambridge; first published at age 19; currently teaches in both the Psychology and the Professional Writing departments at the University of Oklahoma
  • Other Works: The Naturals (2013); Killer Instinct (2014); The Fixer (2015); The Long Game (2016); The Hawthorne Legacy (2021); The Final Gambit (2022)
  • Awards: New York Public Library Best Book for Teens; Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year; Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year

CENTRAL THEMES connected and noted throughout this Teaching Unit: