Jennifer Lynn Barnes with Mark Oshiro - The Grandest Game!

Join us for a fantastically bookish evening with Jennifer Lynn Barnes and Mark Oshiro for the release of The Grandest Game!

It's no secret that we LOVE Jennifer Lynn Barnes, which is why we're so incredibly thrilled to welcome her to Little Shop for the release of her newest YA masterpiece: The Grandest Game! Join us for a puzzle-filled, bookish evening with Jennifer and fellow author Mark Oshiro as they tell us all about this wonderful new book set in the world of The Inheritance Games! Trust us when we say this is sure to be the Grandest Event, so be sure to save your spot! See below for more deets:


Book + Ticket Bundle: This ticket gets you into our event as well as a copy of The Grandest Game! Get your ticket here!

Companion Ticket: $5 This is a ticket that allows a parent or guardian to attend with their child (can only purchased as an add-on to a Book + Ticket Bundle)

Want additional copies, or can't make it to the event? Pre-order your copy below!


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About the book:

Welcome to the Grandest Game, an annual competition run by billionaire Avery Grambs and the four infamous Hawthorne brothers, whose family fortune she inherited. Designed to give anyone a shot at fame and fortune, this year’s game requires one of seven golden tickets to enter. With millions on the line, those seven players will do whatever it takes to win.

Some of the players are in it for the money. Some for power. Some for reasons all their own. Every single one of them has secrets. Amidst it all is Grayson Hawthorne, tasked with a vital role in this year’s game. But as tensions rise and the mind-bending challenges push the players to their limits—physically, mentally, and emotionally—it soon becomes clear that not everyone is playing by the rules.

About the Author and Moderator:

Jennifer Lynn Barnes is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty acclaimed young adult novels, including The Inheritance Games, The Hawthorne LegacyThe Final GambitThe Brothers Hawthorne, Little White Lies, Deadly Little Scandals, The Lovely and the Lost, and The Naturals series: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood, and the novella, Twelve. Jen is also a Fulbright Scholar with advanced degrees in psychology, psychiatry, and cognitive science. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and was a professor of psychology and professional writing at the University of Oklahoma for many years. She invites you to her online at or follow her on Instagram @authorjenlynnbarnes.

MARK OSHIRO is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning Latinx queer author of Anger Is a Gift, Each of Us a Desert, and Into the Light, as well as their middle grade books The InsidersYou Only Live Once, David Bravo, and Star Wars Hunters: Battle for the Arena. They are the coauthor (with Rick Riordan) of The Sun and the Star: A Nico Di Angelo Adventure. When not writing, they are trying to pet every dog in the world.

Event date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Decatur Rec Center
231 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030
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ISBN: 9780316481014
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 30th, 2024

Get ready for a new series that brings readers deeper into the lush, romantic, and puzzle-filled world of the #1 bestselling Inheritance Games series (over 3 million copies sold!), set a year after we last saw Avery and the Hawthornes.

Seven tickets. An island of dreams.