The Parker Inheritance

The Parker Inheritance

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A Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner * Four Starred Reviews * Over Ten Best-of-Year Lists

"Powerful.... Johnson writes about the long shadows of the past with such ambition that any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve." -- The New York Times Book Review

A Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner!

"Powerful.... Johnson writes about the long shadows of the past with such ambition that any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve." -- The New York Times Book Review

When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding its writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.

So with the help of Brandon, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?
Publisher: New York :, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Incorporated,, ©2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780545946179
Branch Call Number: J JOH
Characteristics: 331 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLChrisK Jan 08, 2019

An exciting contemporary mystery that dips into relevant history. Puzzles for the head combined with a large cast of well-developed characters for the heart. The adventure is based on relationships and self-discovery. Excellent.

OPL_KrisC Aug 22, 2018

A fun historical fiction adventure full of mystery and puzzles and themes of racism, family dynamics and friendship.

mko123 Jul 13, 2018

In Lambert, South Carolina there is a mystery involving a buried treasure beneath a run down tennis court. 12-years-old Candace knows it is there because her grandmother left her a letter about it when she died. Is Candace supposed to pick up where her grandmother had failed and try to solve the riddle? Her grandmother was ridiculed and run out of town for trying to dig up clues in the tennis court. Candace recruits Brandon, the lonely boy across the street to help her, because he is also an avid reader and riddle solver. The two sleuths have to do a lot of research and math but they feel there is a hidden path, if they can just learn how to interpret the clues. if you liked The Westing Game by Ellen Ruskin, you will also love this.

cmlibrary_rkimray May 14, 2018

This is a complex mystery jumping back and forth throughout time periods and across generations. The author does a fine job addressing the social injustices of then and now, for both African Americans and the LGBTQIA community. Although it is geared towards elementary aged readers, I'd also recommend it to middle and high school students. The author's note at the back would be a good jumping off point for book club discussions. (And you'll definitely want to read or re-read The Westing Game after finishing this book!)

Apr 18, 2018

The puzzle to solve and the historical piece of the narrative made for an interesting plot and made me want to revisit The Westing Game. Candice and Brandon make a great team. Would be more appropriate for students who are older than these two due to the sensitive issues dealt with and the random details thrown in addressing current events.

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OPL_KrisC Aug 22, 2018

OPL_KrisC thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over


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