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The Westing Game meets The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 in a stirring mystery of past and present, as two kids search for a place in their families, city, and country.

The letter waits in a book, in a box, in an attic, in an old house in Lambert, South Carolina. It's waiting for Candice Miller. When Candice finds the letter, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, after all, who left Lambert in a cloud of shame. But the letter describes a young woman named Siobhan Washington. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. Grandma tried and failed. But now Candice has another chance.

So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues in the letter. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the summer ends?

©2018 Varian Johnson (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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Great mystery and compelling story

This book exceeded my expectations. I was expecting a good mystery, but this also had elements of historical fiction. Johnson addressed the issues of inclusion and acceptance from a variety of perspectives that make this more than just a good story. There is much to learn from in The Parker Inheritance— not only for children, but for adults as well.

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Excellent

A Westing Game homage that lives up to the hype! I can’t wait til my kids are old enough, to share it with them.

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Fantastic mystery/history book for late elementary/early middle grades

A great kids’ mystery (with echoes of The Westing Game) with great lessons about history, honesty, and friendship. Our whole family loved this one!

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Terrific story with so many layers! Check it out!!

Interesting mystery with layered messages about social justice and the power of perspective. I loved how the story was woven together and that the young protagonists defied the odds.

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A must read

The Parkers Inheritance was a terrific book a must read it kept me intrigue every minute that I listen to the book and I also love the question and answer segment at the end of the book. I fully enjoyed this book. 5 stars🥰

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A Great Title!

I really enjoyed this book. It was one of my favorite listens this year. Cant wait for the next one!

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Interesting

It’s interesting that there are 21 reviews of this book, but I could only access two. It’s an excellent historical fiction story about civil rights, BUT, to piggyback a gay perspective on civil rights is just wrong. I will be returning the book.

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A book everyone should read

This book elegantly touched on historical and social topics in America that (to my surprise) people are still ignorant to. With the thrill of a mystery and consciousness of the black community. I absolutely recommend this book.

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Very cute story. Also has some important historical facts. Listen to this with your kids (of any race)

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The Parker Inheritance

this is a good book I recommend it to you if you are ages 10-16

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great story.

complex and multilayered, this was accessible enough for my 8 year daughter to follow (with a little help) while being exciting enough for my 12 year old to be gripped. It was an eye opening introduction to American history and handled scenes of racial violence calmly and straightforwardly. Exciting and challenging puzzle based narrative that was really enjoyable for all of us. Recommended!