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 decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance. So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues in the letter. 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 summer ends?

The Parker Inheritance Details

TitleThe Parker Inheritance
Author
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books
ISBN-139780545946179
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

The Parker Inheritance Review

  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/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 grandmother's old home with her mother. Her father has stayed home in Atlanta because her parents are divorcing and he needs to fix up the house for a quick sale. Candice finds a mysterious letter in her deceased grandmother's attic ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/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 grandmother's old home with her mother. Her father has stayed home in Atlanta because her parents are divorcing and he needs to fix up the house for a quick sale. Candice finds a mysterious letter in her deceased grandmother's attic and shares its contents with her new friend Brandon from across the street. Soon the two are off on an adventure, researching the history of race relations in Lambert, SC with millions of dollars as the reward for solving the puzzle. The letter leads them to learn about Siobhan Washington, a young African American woman who was much beloved, a secret 1957 tennis game that further inflamed racial tension, as well as the writer of the mysterious letter who is not who he appears to be. Can they solve the mystery and find the reward?_*_*_*_*_*What an amazing book! A first-rate mystery, The Parker Inheritance will keep kids guessing throughout the entire book. Flashback chapters to the 1950s bring more meaning to the text and add greater depth to the historical characters that Candice and Brandon learn about. This is an excellent book for learning about the historical and present day effects of racial discrimination. Author notes in the end provide additional context and help separate truth from fiction. _*_*_*_*_*Students who like puzzle mysteries and/or students who are interested in learning about the long lasting impact of racism will flock to this book. All elementary and middle schools should buy this book. _*_*_*_*_*#bookstagram #book #reading #bibliophile #bookworm #bookaholic #booknerd #bookgram #librarian #librariansfollowlibrarians #librariansofinstagram #booklove #booktography #bookstagramfeature #bookish #bookaddict #booknerdigans #booknerd #ilovereading #instabook #futurereadylibs #ISTElibs #TLChat
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusCandice'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. Candice and her mother are spending the summer cleaning out her grandmother's house after her death, and Candice has some letters that indicate there is still a treasure out there. It's a rough summer-- her parents are sepa E ARC provided by Edelweiss PlusCandice'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. Candice and her mother are spending the summer cleaning out her grandmother's house after her death, and Candice has some letters that indicate there is still a treasure out there. It's a rough summer-- her parents are separated, and her home in the city is being readied to sell, and there's no one to hang out with in Lambert while her mother is working on her book. Luckily, she finds bookish Brandon, and the two bond. She eventually shares the secret of her grandmother's letters with him, and the two follow the very detailed clues, learning a lot about the racial history of the town in the process. Will they finally find the treasure for which her grandmother was searching?Strengths: This offers an excellent view of what life was like in the 1950s for blacks in the South, and it was good to see this through the eyes of modern children. Candice's life has some challenges, since she misses her grandmother and her parents' separation has a bit of a twist to it, but her parents are supportive and present, and the mood is generally upbeat. The clues they follow are interesting, and the mystery itself is deliciously convoluted. Weaknesses: This took me about four days to read. I kept putting the book down and then thinking I was finished. This could have used some tighter editing to make it shorter and more fast paced. I wish the subplot with Brandon being bullied had been left out. What I really think: This reminded me VERY strongly of Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught. The investigative process was similar, it involved civil rights, but the end of the mysteries were different. I will buy because this author is popular in my library and the cover is great.
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  • Brenda Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    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 fortune and identity. While her parents move in different directions and the house she grew up in in Atlanta is readied for sale, twelve-year-old Candice Miller and her mother move to rural Lambert to stay in her gra 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 fortune and identity. While her parents move in different directions and the house she grew up in in Atlanta is readied for sale, twelve-year-old Candice Miller and her mother move to rural Lambert to stay in her grandmother's house for the summer. As she sorts through her grandmother's possessions, Candice stumbles upon a letter promising a great deal of money to whoever can solve the mystery it presents. Relying on only a handful of clues, including the name of someone named Siobhan Washington, and with some help from Brandon Jones, the bibliophile who lives next door, Candice is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, especially since doing so could clear her grandmother's name. I won't say much more since I don't want to ruin the surprises for readers, but suffice it to say that the book tackles bullying, prejudices, and one man's attempts to gain revenge on those who wronged him and those he loved. It also is a love story about a love that survives against all odds and a lesson about how having a great deal of wealth may come at a high price. While I loved the glimpses into one small town and some of its citizens from 1914 to 1986, sometimes the author seems to have tried to tackle a little bit too much in one book what with the new relationship Candice's father has begun and Brandon's best friend and Candice's inability to tell her father how she really feels, even how she hates being called Candy. Still, this is a book that will fly off the shelves, most likely bringing new attention to Ellen Raskin's The Westing Game, published back in 1978, and in some ways responsible for the puzzles and clues in this one.
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  • Jennifer Druffel
    January 1, 1970
    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 to be in Lambert, North Carolina for the summer. Leaving her friends behind was not fun. After Candice finds a letter addressed to her grandmother in the attic, she follows clues which send her on an adventure of a li 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 to be in Lambert, North Carolina for the summer. Leaving her friends behind was not fun. After Candice finds a letter addressed to her grandmother in the attic, she follows clues which send her on an adventure of a lifetime. Candice and her new friend Brandon, follow the clues and find out there is an unjust history in the town of Lambert and a fortune waiting to be found.Author, Varian Johnson, weaves the present and past of Lambert masterfully. This is a book you will want to read in one sitting. It’s a perfect book for those who love deciphering clues as adventure awaits. The reader will not be disappointed. This book lends itself as an excellent read aloud, leading to deep discussions in the classroom. I definitely plan on using it for in my fifth-grade classroom. Perfect for grades four and up. THE PARKER INHERITANCE will be released March 27th. Pre-order it now!Posted in books, Children's Literature, Literacy and Education, middle grade litTagged book review, books, education, elementary, joy, library, must read, novels, reading, teachers, teaching, writingLeave a commentEditPost navigation
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  • Patty Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    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-American to serve as city manager for Lambert. She was also part of a so-called "hoax" that cost her the job and her reputation.Staying in her grandmother's home, smelling her lavender scent, and rummaging through the a 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-American to serve as city manager for Lambert. She was also part of a so-called "hoax" that cost her the job and her reputation.Staying in her grandmother's home, smelling her lavender scent, and rummaging through the attic brings back memories of the woman who passed two years earlier. Candice finds a letter in a box that is clearly left for her to find. She soon realizes that it is up to her to make the next move, secretly hoping that she may be able to solve the puzzle that her grandmother couldn't over ten years ago.With the help of neighbor Brandon Jones, The Parker Inheritance takes the reader on a wild adventure with a summer deadline, as that's when Candice is scheduled to return home. The children work together to unlock the clues embedded in the letter, dredging up many injustices that were all too common during the Jim Crow times in the South.Be ready to feel a range of emotions as you join this saavy duo and and root for them to be successful despite the many obstacles they face every step of the way. The struggles are real, both then and now.
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  • Alexa Hamilton
    January 1, 1970
    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 for either of them. On Candice's side, there is her parents' divorce and the possibility that her family is really poor or something worse. On Brandon's side, there's a lot of bullying. Fortunately, these 2 are bookw 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 for either of them. On Candice's side, there is her parents' divorce and the possibility that her family is really poor or something worse. On Brandon's side, there's a lot of bullying. Fortunately, these 2 are bookworms and that's how they make friends. And yes, Johnson uses his platform to make a point about girl books versus boy books in the first 50 pages, which is amazing, and actually is completely relevant to the plot.But anyway, this story flips back and forth in time to tell the story of the Washington family, who Candice and Brandon are investigating due to a note and puzzle from Candice's grandmother. The parts flipped back in time can get a little confusing, and also, you never quite know what Candice and Brandon know because you know more than they do, but that works. Otherwise, their storytelling might be clunky. The end wraps it up in a very circular manner, which I didn't love but works with the mystery of it all.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    Once I started this book, I realized that I have never read The Westing Game and now I definitely want to go back and read it. This book was a great blend of mystery, adventure, and historical fiction that I couldn't put down. I loved the puzzle aspect and how it all led Candice to discovering the history of her family and her town. Having the book revolve around the puzzle is something that has been done before, but Johnson treats his readers with the respect of not making it silly or gimmicky. Once I started this book, I realized that I have never read The Westing Game and now I definitely want to go back and read it. This book was a great blend of mystery, adventure, and historical fiction that I couldn't put down. I loved the puzzle aspect and how it all led Candice to discovering the history of her family and her town. Having the book revolve around the puzzle is something that has been done before, but Johnson treats his readers with the respect of not making it silly or gimmicky. Instead, the puzzles help unfold the historical significances of the characters involved and add nuance and depth to the story. There were a couple twists that I didn't see coming and they were also revealed with grace and true acceptance.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed from ARC provided by ScholasticOkay, I don't know about the rest of you, but this is my pick for Newbery this year. It will take a lot to beat this one for me. It's an awesome mystery, a great friendship and identity story, and a decisive critique of racism in America, all written at an appropriate level for its intended audience. Can't tell you much because I don't want to ruin the mystery, but trust me you NEED to read this one.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is so good! The gradually revealed history, the clues, the family relationships...all marvelous. So many references to The Westing Game, which I am ashamed to admit has been on my TBR list for WAAAAAY too long. If you are responsible for buying books for your school library, GET IT!
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  • Mary Lee
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not a big mystery reader, so I drug my heels a bit at the beginning of the book. What pulled me in and kept me were the characters, and the way Varian Johnson weaves both historical and current contexts into the story.I definitely have to read The Westing Game now...
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  • Brian
    January 1, 1970
    Part puzzle/mystery book, part history lesson on segregation in the American South, and part commentary on current discrimination, this book will be a fantastic read for upper middle-grade readers and up.
  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Candice and her neighbor are on a quest to solve a mystery that her grandmother couldn’t. Lots of clues to follow as the plot goes from present day to 1957 and a racial incident that hurt many people. Lots to unpack and discuss. From advance reader copy.
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  • Monica Edinger
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific. Can't wait to write more about it closer to the pub date.
  • Michelle Simpson
    January 1, 1970
    This one was hard to put down!
  • Jaime
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to follow the first few chapters and keep track of all the characters but I’m sure glad Idid.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this mystery, references to The Westing Game, and the way two stories were told. Don't miss the informative back matter.
  • Linda Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    Mock Newbery 2019
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