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: #6556611
Format: Paperback
All Formats: Search
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 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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