The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
By Karina Glaser
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
October 3, 2017
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The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
I immediately fell in love with the Vanderbeeker family! I loved meeting mom, dad, Jessie, Isa, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney! I enjoyed reading about their antics in trying to get their landlord, Mr Beiderman, to renew their lease that was going to be up right after Christmas. I enjoyed the craziness that was the Vanderbeeker household at all times. I also enjoyed reading a story where all of the siblings are actually working together, even though they might not get along 100% of the time. There is also a sad element to the story, that I thought really brought things together in a meaningful way at the end.
Thinking about having this book in my 4th grade classroom, I feel fairly certain that with so many main characters, that most students would connect with at least one of the Vanderbeeker kids.
I would recommend this book for 4th grade and up.
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