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The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson follows 12 –year-old Candice who, with her mother, is spending the summer in her grandmother’s old house in Lambert, South Carolina. Her grandmother was fired as city manager for having the city tennis courts dug up looking for buried treasure, but now that she has passed away, Candice finds the letter that sent her on the treasure hunt, and she finds herself caught up in the mystery from the 1950s. This story takes place between present day, and flashbacks to the original events of the mystery. The scenes in present day were printed on white paper, and the scenes in the past were printed on gray. Since I’m a visual person I really liked this difference – it immediately put you in the correct time period before you even read a word.

This book has everything – mystery, history, romance, families and friendship! It also deals with stereotypes of race and sexual orientation. The entire storyline was realistic, and empathetic, and I love watching a mystery unfold with a really good back story. This book is perfect for sixth graders or older (even adults!) who love a good mystery.
This book won the Coretta Scott King and Odyssey Awards!
You can find The Parker Inheritance on Libby/Overdrive.

(Reviewed by Joan)

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