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 the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.
So with the help of Brandon Jones, 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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A Junior Library Guild Spring 2018 Selection
“A must-purchase.” — School Library Journal, starred review
“A candid and powerful reckoning of history.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Johnson’s narrative revels in its puzzle-story elements.” — Horn Book, starred 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
“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
“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
“Combining a delightful, twisty puzzle box mystery that spans generations and a relatable, contemporary story of kids figuring out who they are THE PARKER INHERITANCE is not only fun to read but almost impossible to put down. This is one of the can’t miss books of 2018 and I can’t wait for teachers, librarians, and most of all kid readers to fall love with it.” — Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services, Los Alamos County Library System
“Love this book! It is the perfect combination of historical and contemporary with the connections between them clearly delineated.” — Sara Hines, Eight Cousins Bookshop
“Absorbing… [and] weaves together a suspenseful, honest story.” — Angela Maria Spring, Duende District Bookstore
“Realistic and complex.” — School Library Connection
“A dazzling and emotional read that deals with serious topics such as bullying, racism, and divorce.” — Booklist
“A gripping mystery.” — Publishers Weekly