Book #58: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser is a sweet middle grade novel about the Vanderbeeker family: Papa, Mama, Jessie, Isa, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney. They live in a brownstone apartment in New York City, a home they love in a neighborhood they adore. But just a few days before Christmas they learn that their landlord, Mr. Beiderman, is not renewing their lease – and they have to move before the end of the year. The Vanderbeeker kids set out to change Biederman’s mind and give their parents the best Christmas present ever – their home for years to come. The family Glaser has created is so endearing and lovably quirky; each child has a distinct personality, and as a whole the family exhibits a beautiful love through difficulty and turmoil. The plot is predictable and wraps up a little too nicely, but that’s not so surprising for a kid’s book. If you fall in love with the Vanderbeekers, there is a sequel.

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