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2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book

2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018

School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

2018 Horn Book Fanfare Selection

NPR Best Book of 2018

Boston Globe Best Children’s Books of 2018

Parents Magazine 2018 “Best Chapter Book to Read With Your Kid”

New York Public Library “Top Ten” Best Books for Kids of 2018

Chicago Public Library Best Books for Kids of 2018

BookPage Best Books of 2018

“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


“Johnson’s Westing Game-inspired tale is a tangled historical mystery, a satisfying multigenerational family story, and an exploration of twentieth-century (and contemporary) race and racism.” — 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

“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

“A compelling mystery and a powerful commentary on identity, passing, and sacrifice.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

“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