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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Saturday, Dec 09, 2017 at 10:40am

Imagine having the most important thing in the world taken away from you. Not only this, but you are also experiencing countless problems and everything seems hopeless. This is what the five Vanderbeeker children are going through. They just learned that Mr. Biederman, their grumpy landlord, will not be renewing their lease, and that they only have eleven days left in their perfect, comfortable home. It’s up to Jessie, Isa, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney to change Mr. Biederman’s mind before New Year’s. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. To make matters worse, the whole family feels more distant and separate than ever. The siblings must learn to work together to overcome the seemingly impossible challenge of staying in their Harlem home.

I really liked the characters in this book. They were all very realistic and each had their own unique likable personality. My personal favourite was Hyacinth, a sweet, determined six-year- old. The characters’ personalities added to the story and made it twice as interesting. Another thing I liked about this book was all the different things the Vanderbeekers did to try to convince the landlord to let them stay. It showed just how determined someone can be, no matter their age or situation. On the other hand, I found it a bit repetitive and slow-paced. The descriptions could have been more detailed, but I could always picture the scenes and characters. I would recommend this book for those who enjoy stories about family and perseverance. Overall, I would give it 3.5/5 stars.

- Kiera, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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One ofThe New York Times'  Notable Children's Books of 2017: "In this delightful and heartwarming throwback to the big-family novels of yesteryear, a large biracial family might lose their beloved brownstone home, but win it back with an all-out charm offensive." 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.