Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson - ADVISABLE

Johnson, Varian The Parker Inheritance, 331 pages.  Arthur A. Levine Books, 2018. $17. Language: G; Mature Content: PG (race relations, homosexuality, bullying); Violence: PG.

Candice and her mom just moved to Lambert, South Carolina for the summer to live in her grandma’s house.  Candice’s grandma died a while back and Candice really misses her. When Candice asks her mom why her grandma moved to Atlanta to stay with them, her mom tells her that her grandma had been fired from her job as city manager.  What could her grandma have done that would warrant being fired? Her mom explains that she dug up a local tennis court looking for a buried treasure. Candice cannot believe what she is hearing. Before she can ask too many questions, her mom cuts her off and tells her not to even think about looking for buried treasure.  Well, Candice isn’t sure she can just ignore a mystery that includes a buried treasure. Later she finds a letter with clues to finding the treasure. Candice is intrigued, and with help from Brandon, the boy across the street, they delve into the mystery hoping to find a buried treasure.

I  loved this book.  The characters were well developed and so likeable.  The story was great, both the present day story with Candice and Brandon, as well as the story from the 1950’s about the Washington family.  I love that as Candice and Brandon discover clues, the reader experiences the story unfolding from the Washington’s perspective. I love how it all connected.  The mystery is intriguing with a few twists and a very satisfying ending. This is a solid middle school book; unfortunately I don’t know if they will pick it up.  The cover doesn’t quite fit the story and intended audience. It may, however, appeal to younger students, and while there isn’t anything graphic or explicit, there is content to consider (see ratings).   


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