Books by Varian Johnson

THE PARKER INHERITANCE by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 2018

"A candid and powerful reckoning of history. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
Summer is off to a terrible start for 12-year old African-American Candice Miller. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >
THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately so they can admire the setup. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Trying to go straight, troublemaker Jackson Greene succumbs to the lure of the con when it appears Maplewood Middle School's student-council election is being rigged against his friend Gaby de la Cruz. Read full book review >
SAVING MADDIE by Varian Johnson
Released: March 9, 2010

"Unfortunately, the cover condemns this book to Girls Only. (Fiction. YA)"
Five years after Maddie, then a blossoming 13-year-old, left, she's back for the summer in small-town Conway, S.C., all grown up with low-cut dresses to prove it, serving "penance" for the reputation she's acquired. Read full book review >