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A 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

A Junior Library Guild Spring 2018 Selection

A Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List Selection

“Johnson’s narrative revels in its puzzle-story elements.”

Horn Book, starred review

“A compelling mystery and a powerful commentary on identity, passing, and sacrifice.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“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 clever puzzle, a hidden treasure, and a couple of kids you’ll wish were your friends…Dive in!” — Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax

“The Parker Inheritance is a remarkable and rich book, one that kept me reading late into the night, absorbed and captivated. Fresh, original, timely, it is an outstanding read.”  — Monica Edinger, educator and author of Africa Is My Home

“Absorbing… [and] weaves together a suspenseful, honest story.” — Angela Maria Spring, Duende District Bookstore

“Varian Johnson delivers once again with this rewarding mix of relevant history and challenging mystery!” — Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky

“Love this book! It is the perfect combination of historical and contemporary with the connections between them clearly delineated.” — Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookshop

“A dazzling and emotional read that deals with serious topics such as bullying, racism, and divorce.” — Booklist


“Do yourself a favor and start reading immediately.”

REBECCA STEAD, Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me and Liar & Spy

“New readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.”

Kirkus Reviews, Starred