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The Parker Inheritance
The Parker Inheritance | Varian Johnson
"A clever puzzle, a hidden treasure, and a couple of kids you'll wish were your friends...Dive in!" - Sara Pennypacker, author of Pax "A candid and powerful reckoning of history." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn't sure she should read it. It's addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle. So with the help of Brandon Jones, the quiet boy across the street, she begins to decipher the clues. The challenge will lead them deep into Lambert's history, full of ugly deeds, forgotten heroes, and one great love; and deeper into their own families, with their own unspoken secrets. Can they find the fortune and fulfill the letter's promise before the answers slip into the past yet again?
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Bookpearl
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Pearls pick for the month of July. Candice and Brandon are easily my favorite kid characters this summer!

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Eggs
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A mystery, some history, and a blossoming friendship coupled with a dual timeline is a recipe for this great YA novel.

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Eggs
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1️⃣ up next: tagged
2️⃣ can‘t recall. I don‘t do audios much
3️⃣ The War Below, Summer Wives, Somewhere There is still a Sun, A Certain Age

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💜 9mo
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SarahBradley
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History meets mystery in this intriguing and relevant middle grade novel. Don‘t let the juvenile cover art fool ya-this story explores some weighty social issues. Yet, it is wrapped in a puzzle that Candice and her new friend Brandon set out to solve one summer. In their search for treasure, they both embark on important journeys of self-discovery. 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book and Texas Lone Star List.

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BarbaraJean
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When a book name-checks several of your favorite childhood books just a few chapters in, you know it‘s going to be good. And this was. A summer friendship, a mystery to solve, a treasure to find, and both friends sorting through difficulties along the way. Also: positive family portrayals & some lovely understated representation of many kinds. A sweet, fun read—I would have loved this as a kid & I loved it now. Another great #NewYearWhoDis pick!

batsy Love Susan Cooper and The Westing Game, so I'm gonna have to read the tagged book 🙂 11mo
alexs.book.club I loved The Parker Inheritance and Westing Game!!!📚 11mo
BarbaraJean @batsy Yes! It‘s really good! @alex.b.17 They‘re both such good reads. 😊 11mo
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BarbaraJean
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Today‘s progress for #24in48 and #24B4Monday! Refugee was wonderful (review forthcoming), and there were some compelling connections to The Book of Joy—fortuitous to be reading those together! I started The Parker Inheritance tonight, and knew it was gonna be good when it name-checked several childhood favorite books right off the bat, and also cut down the idea of “boy books” vs. “girl books.” (Thanks for the #NewYearWhoDis picks, @Johanna414 !)

Andrew65 Going well, a great time. 🙌 12mo
TheReadingMermaid OMG you're doing so well girl!!! 👍🏻😍👍🏻 12mo
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BookInMyHands
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Wow. This is my pick for the 2019 Newbery award and the Coretta Scott King award. This is now my favorite middle-grade book (grades 4-7) of all time.

When Candace moves into her grandmother‘s house for the summer she uncovers a mystery that could change everything for her family, and bring the city‘s racist past to light.

#mystery #historicalfiction #friendship #racism #bullying #lgbtqia #revenge #justice #forgiveness

#crossculturalstories

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quietjenn
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Catching up on some middle grade during the commute this week!

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Spanish_Broom
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Well-crafted, thoughtful book with layers. This is where I was when I read it. Forgot to take a picture!

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Peaceful_Reader
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Reading this for school and I love the mystery so far. Strong characters + interesting plot...

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megnews
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Joining #12in48 to try to finish up several books I‘m in the middle of, including this one.

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Johanna414
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I loved this! It‘s marketed as middle grade, but I can also see myself giving it to high school students and even adults. I loved all the references to The Westing Game

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Johanna414
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We took the kids to the zoo for the first today- Lane LOVED it! They were both awesome and slept in the car both ways. That‘s 3 hours of reading time for me!

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tjwill
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This book is an excellent middle grade puzzle mystery, with nods to The Westing Game. While it is a fun story, it also tackles tough issues like racism and prejudices about sexual orientation.

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tjwill
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I took another #audiorun/walk with this book again, and saw a snake that looked like it had just eaten. A man I passed warned me about it, and it was crossing the trail, just going into the grass when I got to it.

Soubhiville Cool! I know I‘m in the minority but I love snakes. 2y
tjwill @Soubhiville From my brief Google session, I think it may have been a gray ratsnake. 2y
mcipher I would have freaked out!! I scream at dead snakes. I‘m such a baby. 😂 2y
Daisey I‘m not generally fond of snakes, but I once stopped a bike ride to watch one snake eat another snake. It really was fascinating! 2y
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tjwill
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It‘s been a while since I‘ve been running regularly, so I took an #audiorun/walk today with this middle grade #ProjectLITbookclub pick, which is reminiscent of The Westing Game.

bookloaner Really looking forward to this one! 2y
Lmstraubie I really enjoyed this one. It was engaging and also touched on some big topics in a manageable way. If you like middle grade books you might want to join us for our #mgbuddyread. We're not meeting again until September, but if your interested just search the hashtag for more information. 🙂 2y
tjwill @Lmstraubie I teach middle school, so my students read a mix of MG and YA, and I read a lot of it too. I will probably join in at some point with the buddy reads! 2y
tjwill @bookloaner It is a fun read, but with lots of real world issues too. I have loved The Westing Game since I was a kid, so anything with references to it is exciting. 2y
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Lmstraubie
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I can see why this book won a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor. It's a very engaging story with a puzzle to solve, but it also discusses important issues on race and gender identity opening up the floor for a fantastic discussion so relevant to today. Here is an interview with him from one of my favorite podcasts: http://booksbetween.libsyn.com/48-supporting-students-w-aces-a-conversation-with...

Johanna414 I just got this in my library - looking forward to reading it! 2y
mrp27 I'm dying to read this one! 2y
Lmstraubie @Johanna414 I'd love to hear what you think when you're done. 🙂 2y
Lmstraubie @mrp27 It was really well done 2y
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Lmstraubie
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Half way through Sunday's #adulting Time for a break to finish this #middlegrade book.

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Lmstraubie
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Summer break has begun, although it is cloudy and cool today. It's time to dive into some middle grade reading!

tjwill That‘s on my TBR! Westing Game references always draw me to a book! 2y
Lmstraubie @tjwill I keep using the plot of The Westing Game to try and figure this one out. No luck yet lol 2y
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Mnkidane
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It‘s got history, a mystery and social issues galore. Lots of discussion points for your middle grade readers.

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emtobiasz
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A hidden inheritance, a puzzle to rival the Westing Game, & a complex look at race relations in the South, past and present. What I like most about it, though, is the space it gives its main characters to be complicated, smart individuals. I‘m not sure all aspects of it are totally successful as a #middlegrade book (the past stuff in particular may be hard to follow) but a definite pick for me. Recommended for all adults who read #kidlit. #yetipop

Blaire Great review! 2y
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emtobiasz
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I have no strong opinions about deckled edges either way. Instead, I have a thing for richly textured end papers. This kids‘ book just makes me want to hold it in my hands. #bookishconfessions

Tamra This is TBR - heard great things! 2y
emtobiasz @Tamra I‘m really enjoying it so far. It feels at once very familiar and very fresh to me. 2y
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Amie
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This was a good mystery. It's aimed at middle grades and the main characters are 11 and 12, but the other timeline in the story, which happens in the past, spends a good chunk of time on high school students and adults and some very serious stuff happens in this part of the story. That makes it a little tricky to figure out what age child to recommend it to.

Lmstraubie This is the current Middle Grade @Heart book. They are doing a Twitter discussion on Tuesday. 2y
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swynn
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Hanging out at the Children's Literature Festival. Varian Johnson talking about discovering Walter Dean Myers and becoming a writer.

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️Walter Dean Meyers 2y
revenge4porgy Why talk? Why not just do it? 😉 2y
swynn @revenge4porgy That was the point, really-- Johnson talked about why a kid might want to write but for some reason might feel he can't-- in his case, not really knowing of any Black writers until he discovered Walter Dean Myers. If you want it bad enough you can do it. Though you might have to want it pretty bad: Johnson's first book took eight years from idea to publication. 2y
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revenge4porgy Sorry. Is my foot in my mouth yet? 😉 2y
swynn @revenge4porgy Nah, you're good. 2y
revenge4porgy Thanks! 2y
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Citymouse
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This is a fantastic new puzzle mystery with great characters and dialogue.