The Parker Inheritance (Hardcover)

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December 1969 Indie Next List

“Absolutely brilliant. A great balance between the satisfaction of solving a mystery along with the stark reality of life in the Jim Crow South, with a side helping of showing how people are able to change - for better or worse - at all stages of life.”
— Sarah Rettger, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA


Three starred reviews

"A clever puzzle, a hidden treasure, and a couple of kids you'll wish were your friends...Dive in " - Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax

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?

About the Author

Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Great Greene Heist, which was an ALA Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014, and a Texas Library Association Lone Star List selection, and To Catch a Cheat, another Jackson Greene adventure and a Kids' Indie Next List pick. He lives with his family near Austin, Texas. You can find him on the web at and @varianjohnson.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545946179
ISBN-10: 0545946174
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: March 27th, 2018
Pages: 352
Language: English