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:331 pages pages

The Parker Inheritance Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    May 17, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

  • Jessica
    Jul 02, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

  • Laura Gardner
    Feb 07, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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....

  • Mrs. Krajewski
    Jun 29, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

  • Donalyn
    Apr 10, 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....

    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. ...

  • DaNae
    Jun 20, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

  • Debbie
    Apr 26, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

  • Steph
    Jul 06, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Jan 26, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

  • Nikki
    May 30, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

  • Kari
    May 05, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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...

    This book instantly joined my mental list of best books I've ever read. I grew up in the South not long after the central events that drive the puzzle here, and as a teacher I've known the generations that have come since -- and Johnson captures details and the general "vibe" of both e...

    It was so much of what I wanted, but not quite how I wanted it. Varian Johnson delivered the following rare ingredients: * A mystery that is solved by learning history * LGBT issues handled in a PG context * A bully character with more than one dimension * A balance between talki...

    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...

    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

    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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Julie
    Jul 02, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

  • Barb Middleton
    May 02, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

  • Katrina
    Jul 04, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

  • Sarah
    Sep 06, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

  • Meredith
    May 21, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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...

    This book instantly joined my mental list of best books I've ever read. I grew up in the South not long after the central events that drive the puzzle here, and as a teacher I've known the generations that have come since -- and Johnson captures details and the general "vibe" of both e...

    It was so much of what I wanted, but not quite how I wanted it. Varian Johnson delivered the following rare ingredients: * A mystery that is solved by learning history * LGBT issues handled in a PG context * A bully character with more than one dimension * A balance between talki...

    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...

    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...

    This had such promise, but I was disappointed. Just read "The Westing Game" if you want a puzzle you actually have a chance of solving as a reader. As far as the historical sections went, I was surprised that a children's book would include so much of what Johnson put in - from Eno...

  • Danielle
    Jun 09, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

  • Bethany Turner
    May 23, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

  • Jenni
    Jun 18, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

  • Lesley Burnap
    Apr 22, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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...

    This book instantly joined my mental list of best books I've ever read. I grew up in the South not long after the central events that drive the puzzle here, and as a teacher I've known the generations that have come since -- and Johnson captures details and the general "vibe" of both e...

    It was so much of what I wanted, but not quite how I wanted it. Varian Johnson delivered the following rare ingredients: * A mystery that is solved by learning history * LGBT issues handled in a PG context * A bully character with more than one dimension * A balance between talki...

    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

    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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Clare Lund
    Aug 22, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

  • Phil Jensen
    Feb 11, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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...

    This book instantly joined my mental list of best books I've ever read. I grew up in the South not long after the central events that drive the puzzle here, and as a teacher I've known the generations that have come since -- and Johnson captures details and the general "vibe" of both e...

    It was so much of what I wanted, but not quite how I wanted it. Varian Johnson delivered the following rare ingredients: * A mystery that is solved by learning history * LGBT issues handled in a PG context * A bully character with more than one dimension * A balance between talki...

  • Joyce Yattoni
    Jul 09, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

  • Leonard Kim
    Apr 13, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

  • Frederic
    Jul 27, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

    When Candice finds the strange letter in her grandmother's attic with clues about how to uncover a buried treasure, she and her new friend Brandon set out to solve the mystery that her grandma was never able to fully unravel. Along the way, they uncover reveals ugly, racist secrets lur...

    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...

    "Just because you don't see the path doesn't mean it's not there." What an incredible book! In my view this is totally for adults as well. The way the story weaves in interludes from the past with the present was my favorite thing about it, and in doing so it delves deeply into hist...

    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....

    Book People, an independent bookstore in Austin, Texas, sent me this book because I liked Greenglass House. The Parker Inheritance was a perfect fit. It takes the reader on a puzzling adventure full of surprises, delights, and a large dose of history. ...

    Not sure the tricky aspects of this book work as well as in the Greene books, but the historical love story is sympathetic. Listened to the audiobook which, without spoiling anything, may actually make some details more effective. I?d be curious to see how they were handled in print....

    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 ...

    I was watching the Oscars last year and was really struck by a comment by the Pakistani director of a rom-com movie. He detailed how he grew up watching movies that primarily featured white characters directed by white males. He loved those movies and had great nostalgia for them but a...

    I think this is an important book. A great middle grade puzzle (shades of The Westing Game, which the author clearly references and it?s obvious he loves), but more importantly an amazing look at the systemic issue of race relations both back in the 50s and 60s as well as today. And ...

    Once in awhile a middle grade book comes along and almost creates its own genre. This book has done just that. What an INCREDIBLE idea and super well written. ...

    Candice thinks her summer in Lambert, South Carolina will be downright boring and uneventful, but she soon learns that won?t be the case. It all started when she found a letter. That letter was addressed to her beloved grandmother, who left town embarrassed after losing her job. When...

    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...

    ?????/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...

    This book instantly joined my mental list of best books I've ever read. I grew up in the South not long after the central events that drive the puzzle here, and as a teacher I've known the generations that have come since -- and Johnson captures details and the general "vibe" of both e...

  • Jayne Bartrand
    Jun 11, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...

    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...

    Both a mystery in the vein of The Westing Game (which is cited in the book) and a look at race relations past and present, this is an excellent and vital book. I don't really want to spoil any piece of the puzzle, so just let me say that there is a reason why this book has gotten such ...

    3.5 stars. Well-written, but it's no Westing Game. The historical flashbacks dominated, and that story was interesting but there were so many characters to keep track of and I got bogged down. It felt really long--I thought it must be about over and then realized I was only at 50%! I w...

    If you are reading this review you need to run to the closest library, Target or keyboard and get this book now. ???? this book and I know quite a few teachers who will love it too. I am always looking for good mysteries for students who like that type of story. This book fits ...

    I've read a lot of opinions on this already from the Newbery goodreads group, so I'll weigh in on what I've already heard. 1. There are too many issues for one book: I was OK with this. Except for one part at the very end. They all seemed realistic for a kid to be experiencing and I...

    One of the best middle grade books I've read in years. Fast-paced, fascinating, significant while staying fun. I want to read it all over again! ...

    My favorite type of book may begin on summer vacation, small town, and a mystery. In a perfect world all kids would have a puzzly break from school which allows them to run rampant through a town with parks and ice cream shops. PARKER INHERITANCE is this type of story. I also love when...

    possible #mockNewbery2018 This book takes on too much.: race relations, Civil Rights history, LGBTQ, divorce, religion, some language. . . and then you have to keep up with all these characters and time jumping/alternating chapters, plus The Westing Game (Raskin) letter/code mystery ...

  • Cassie Thomas
    Apr 07, 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....

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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. ...