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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Inheritance Games is a mystery -- the first of a planned series -- with lots of puzzle solving and intrigue. When 16-year-old, Avery, learns that she's inherited $46 billion from a Texas oil tycoon she's never even heard of, she's whisked from Connecticut to Texas, only to learn she must jump through some serious hoops to get the inheritance -- including living in the dead man's family estate for a year. There's a shooting that results in a minor injury needing stitches. Pain is described and blood is mentioned. There are a couple of kisses and some feelings of romantic attraction. There's no strong language, but one character uses creative sound-alike words instead of profanity. A teen is noticeably drunk a couple of times and models dangerous behavior. Most of the characters are White, but there are positive representations of Black and Latinx characters.
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What's the story?
THE INHERITANCE GAMES is about 16-year-old Avery, who lives with her older sister Libby in Connecticut. Since their parents are gone, it's just the two of them, and money is tight, to say the least. In a bolt out of the blue, Avery learns that she's inherited $46 billion from a Texas oil tycoon she's never even heard of. She and Libby are quickly whisked off to Texas, where they learn that in order to get the inheritance Avery will have to live in Tobias Hawthorne's palatial home for a year. Which might sound pretty ideal, except she'll have to live there with Tobias' family, who don't hide their resentment of Avery. Determined to find out why the money was left to her, Avery starts following clues and puzzles Tobias left behind. With her every step of the way are Tobias' grandsons. Each one has a past, each one has secrets, and each one has a reason to want Avery dead.
Is it any good?
This is an intriguing and compelling mystery that puzzle-lovers will especially enjoy. The Inheritance Games is populated with well-developed, colorful, and believable characters readers will enjoy trying to figure out. The setting of a rambling family estate is vividly realized and readers will enjoy imagining themselves moving through it. All of which keep the pages turning as readers enjoy solving the clues, puzzles, and turns along with Avery and the Hawthorne brothers. The ending is pretty weak, but readers can hope that it leaves the door open for further mysteries in this planned series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about role models in The Inheritance Games. Is Avery a positive role model? What are her character strengths and weaknesses?
What about the other characters? Are they realistic? Did you notice any stereotypes?
Why are mysteries so popular? What do we love about them? What are some of your favorites?
- Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Genre: Mystery
- Topics: Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Misfits and Underdogs
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Publication date: September 1, 2020
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 18
- Number of pages: 384
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: October 5, 2021
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