The Parker Inheritance
The Parker Inheritance
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Annotation: Spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina, Candice discovers the letter that sent her grandmother on a treasure hunt, and with her new friend Brandon, sets off to expose the injustice once committed against a local African American family.
Catalog Number: #6152469
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 331 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-545-94617-4
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-94617-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017042551
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
From the author of The Great Greene Heist (2014) comes the exciting adventure of two kids searching for a hidden treasure. Candice's summer has been the worst, until she finds a letter in her grandma's attic that led to her grandma being driven out of their town of Lambert, South Carolina. The letter offers clues about the untold history of a young African American woman named Siobhan Washington and about a secret game of tennis. Candice teams up with Brandon, the boy next door, and dives into the hidden history of Lambert to finish what her grandma started. Following each new discovery, Johnson reveals a key moment in the past that uncovers a secret love and a great injustice. While Candice works through her parents' divorce and moving, Brandon deals with being bullied by a boy from school. The mystery offers them a way to seek justice for Candice's grandma, but it also helps them deal with their own struggles. A dazzling and emotional read that deals with serious topics such as bullying, racism, and divorce.
Horn Book
African American city manager Abigail Caldwell was forced to resign in Lambert, South Carolina, after covertly looking for buried treasure. A decade later, her twelve-year-old granddaughter Candice, an intelligent, endearing, and believable protagonist, is following the same arcane clues, hoping to uncover the Parker inheritance. Johnson's Westing Game-inspired tale is a tangled historical mystery, satisfying multigenerational family story, and exploration of race and racism.
Publishers Weekly
After her parents divorce, 12-year-old Candice Miller begrudgingly moves with her mother from Atlanta to the small town of Lambert, S.C., for the summer. In the attic of Candice-s late grandmother-s house she finds a letter addressed to her grandmother, which promises treasure to the city if the letter-s puzzle can be solved. Candice then learns that her grandmother-s efforts to do so years earlier cost her both her reputation and her job as the first African-American city manager in Lambert. Candice digs into the mystery along with Brandon, an 11-year-old neighbor who is being bullied. The two bookworms have just a few months to find the fortune and repair Candice-s grandmother-s legacy, and they come to discover how racism has poisoned the town over the years. It-s a gripping mystery, and the plot shifts smoothly between Candice-s present-day story and flashback sections that reveal Lambert-s history of injustice. Johnson (To Catch a Cheat) addresses important issues gracefully, particularly having the freedom to live a life of one-s choosing and the long-lasting effects of discrimination. Ages 8-12. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (Mar.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 46 Part historical fiction, part critical problem-solving exercise, part suspenseful mystery, this story weaves through the past and present of one town's struggle with hatred and racism. Candice and her mother have moved temporarily from Washington, D.C., to her mother's hometown in Lambert, SC, while her parents finalize the plans of their amicable divorce. Candice is miserable until she meets Brandon and finds an old letter addressed to her from her deceased grandmother with a puzzle enclosed. Twenty years prior, her grandmother had tried unsuccessfully to solve the puzzle that would yield a great deal of money to the town and the person who solved it. Together, Candice and Brandon make their own attempt. Who were Enoch, Leanne, and Siobhan Washington? How does an illegal tennis match played in 1957 between the white Wallace School and African American Perkins School factor into the solution? The characters are varied, authentic, and well developed. The plot moves along quickly and seamlessly between the past and present, with chapters from the 1950s shaded in light gray for a smart visual effect. The present day isn't sugarcoated, showing readers that racial equity is still an unresolved problem. Appended author notes offer additional context, making it an excellent link to social studies or history units. VERDICT A must-purchase for most libraries, especially where Johnson's previous titles have fans. Anne Jung-Mathews, Plymouth State University, NH
Word Count: 84,725
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 12.0 / quiz: 194181 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.4 / points:20.0 / quiz:Q73177
Lexile: 610L
Candice brought the book to her nose--it somehow still carried that wonderful new-book smell. She cracked it open, and a piece of paper fell out and floated to the ground.

Candice picked it up, thinking it was just a random sheet that had been used as a bookmark long ago. Then she saw a small note written on the back of the paper.

Find the path. Solve the puzzle.

It was her grandmotherâe(tm)s handwriting--swirling loops in dark blue ink.

Candice unfolded the paper and hesitated. The letter was addressed to her grandmother; it seemed intrusive to read it. She almost placed it back between the pages of the book.
Almost.

But she was a reader. Readers read.

And so, Candice read the letter.

Excerpted from The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
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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?


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