The Parker Inheritance

The Parker Inheritance

The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decad The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candi...

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Title:The Parker Inheritance
Author:Varian Johnson
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0545946174
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Parker Inheritance Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    May 17, 2018
    Kids who like puzzle mysteries and solving riddles are going to eat this up. And it's a story with meat on its bones. As Candice and Brandon are researching, they discover a lot of unsavory stuff that happened to the African Americans who started the whole thing in the 1950s. They lear...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Mar 19, 2018
    Varian Johnson has a great, clear but welcoming writing style that really brings his characters to life. In this case, we meet Candice and Brandon, who are living in a small town--Candice is just there for the summer while her house in Atlanta is being remodeled. Things are not easy fo...
  • Laura Gardner
    Feb 07, 2018
    ?????/5 for THE PARKER INHERITANCE by @mrvarianjohnson // thanks to the MA youth services blog for this review copy (#partner). This is headed to @kidlitexchange next! All opinions are my own. _*_*_*_*_* Candice is spending the summer in Lambert, South Carolina in her grand...
  • Betsy
    Feb 15, 2018
    The other day I was asked to come up with ten children?s book equivalents to Claudia Rankine?s book Citizen (which, should anybody ask you, is not for kids). To do this, I wanted to include a range of different kinds of books at different ages. Picture books and nonfiction titles....
  • Donalyn
    Apr 10, 2018
    I loved so many things about this book--the characters, the history, and the mystery. This would be a fabulous read aloud or a jumping off place for conversations about racism, family dynamics, and friendship. ...
  • Lynn
    May 03, 2018
    This lived up to the buzz! Wonderful intricate mystery loaded with puzzles, mysterious clues and kids doing research! Add a somewhat complicated structure, engaging characters (including adults) and the incorporated exploration of whole range of issues such as racism, segregation and i...
  • Barbara
    Nov 26, 2017
    3.5 for me. It's terrific to see this author, who is fairly new on the publishing scene, stretching himself in a book like this one. While I enjoyed his earlier The Great Greene Heist and To Catch a Cheat, which are school-related, here he delves into a mystery surrounding a missing fo...
  • Debbie
    Apr 26, 2018
    Books are usually aimed at an audience slightly younger than the main characters in the book. Since the present-day heroine and hero are 12- and 11-years-old, that would indicate elementary school kids as the target audience. However, the writing level and issues discussed are at least...
  • Mary Louise Sanchez
    Apr 24, 2018
    Candice, a Black girl, is at her late grandmother's house for the summer with her mom. Dad is home trying to get the house fixed up to sell upon the pending divorce. Then Candice discovers an old letter from her grandmother which mentions a hidden tresure in her town, Lambert, South Ca...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 26, 2018
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Candice's grandmother was a city official in the small town of Lambert before she fell into disrepute. She thought there was treasure buried under the tennis courts and had them dug up. When no treasure appeared, she was relieved of her duties....
  • Brenda Kahn
    Jan 19, 2018
    Loved this and I'm not a huge fan of The Westing Game. This was so much better. More later. Look for it in March! ...
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    Apr 24, 2018
    Explores the racial history of a town through a present-day scavenger hunt. ...
  • Kari
    May 05, 2018
    Liked but did not love it - I think it would have benefitted from a ?cast of characters? list at the beginning. I?d love to hear from some kids who read it and what they thought. It?s hard for me to imagine that they wouldn?t have been mostly confused about characters and det...
  • Jordan Henrichs
    May 14, 2018
    What I liked: - Very ambitious story; Overall, I liked the structure, mixing in flashback point of views to fill in the gaps of the mystery - While not near as refined or effective as either, this reminded me more of Holes than The Westing Game (either way, good books to be compared ...
  • Akoss
    May 03, 2018
    @Kidlitexchange #partner - I received a copy of this book from the Kidlitexchange network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Candice Miller?s summer starts out with a move out of the only home she?s ever known to a town she doesn?t care about. As she tr...
  • Alina Borger
    May 13, 2018
    I cannot recommend this book enough. While they spend a lot of time (early) going to the library, so did Hermione. And yes, the opening is a bit slow, tied with the convention of moving between time periods--it's not an easy start. But it's worth it. SO worth it. I'll write a real revi...
  • Barb Middleton
    May 02, 2018
    A male high school student asked me to buy several romance ebooks for the Kindle. He didn't want to be "seen" carrying print copies just like the character, Brandon Jones, who likes to read "girl" stories. This is just one of many different social issues addressed in this novel giving ...
  • Ann
    Apr 05, 2018
    A fantastic puzzle of a book. The author name-checks The Westing Game, and I think the comparison is deserved, though they are very different books overall, the "feel" of the puzzle was similar, along with the necessary suspension of disbelief required to engage in a story where a rich...
  • grdel
    Apr 15, 2018
    I was really looking forward to The Parker Inheritance as myself (and my kid) both loved The Great Greene Heist & sequel. And The Parker Inheritance completely surpassed our expectations. The story of Candice, 12, who is returning with her mother to live in her dead grandma?s hou...
  • Lesley Burnap
    Apr 22, 2018
    This book has all the feels and so many great messages for its readers. This is a beautiful story which moved me to tears. The mystery hooked me, but the masterful weaving of multiple stories kept me turning the pages. As much as I wanted to know where the mystery would lead, the stori...
  • Kathie
    Apr 20, 2018
    This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade reads of 2018. Rich in detail and content, wonderfully written, and highly engaging. ?This is definitely one of my favorite middle grade reads of 2018. Rich in detail and content, wonderfully written, and highly engaging. ...mo...
  • Joy Smith
    Apr 18, 2018
    Great combination of mystery and history. I'm not fond of alternating time lines, and sometimes I read one story line at a time, but I went straight through this one. I've read books where the characters for each time period are listed separately at the beginning and identified. I woul...
  • Susan
    Apr 22, 2018
    A book for middle-schoolers interested in the history of social reform, for those who have a desire to make changes but have no idea what, The Parker Inheritance delves back into Fifties times of social injustice with a steady hand. The Parker Inheritance takes place mostly in the ...
  • American Mensa
    May 18, 2018
    The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson is a realistic fiction novel that occurs in modern times yet examines the realities of history. While their house undergoes renovation, Candice Miller, a twelve-year-old African American girl, and her mother are forced to move to Lambert, South ...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Apr 09, 2018
    Johnson, Varian The Parker Inheritance, 331 pages. Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (race relations, homosexuality, bullying); Violence: PG. Candice and her mom just moved to Lambert, South Carolina for the summer to live in her grandma?s house. C...
  • Liz Friend
    May 04, 2018
    The story: Candice and Brandon think it's going to be a boring summer when they stumble on a mystery that got Candice's grandmother fired from her job--a mystery whose answer could lead them to a hidden treasure worth millions. But in order to solve it, they have to figure out what hap...
  • Shaye Miller
    Apr 24, 2018
    The Parker Inheritance introduces us to 12-year-old Candace who is feeling stranded in Lambert, South Carolina for the summer while she and her mom stay in her deceased grandmother?s old house. Her parents are currently separated and she doesn?t know when she will go back home to A...
  • Patty Palmer
    Mar 14, 2018
    Candice Miller is a 12-year old Atlanta native who is temporarily relocating to Lambert, South Carolina with her mother for the summer while her parents sort out their marriage. She was also the apple of her grandmother's eye. Abigail Caldwell was the first woman and first African-A...
  • Jennifer Druffel
    Feb 14, 2018
    Thank you to Scholastic Books for providing me with an advanced-readers copy of THE PARKER INHERITANCE for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Twelve-year-old Candice moved from Georgia to her Grandmothers house. Her grandmother passed away two years ago. Candice had no desire...
  • Cassie Thomas
    Apr 07, 2018
    What a fantastic story of friendship, differences, struggles, and love - with a dash of adventure, mystery, and history. I was so inspired by so many little comments throughout that it makes me want to do more, to inspire others to do better out there in the world. ...