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Middle Grade

  • The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, Karina Glaser
    HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780544876392, October 3, 2017 (Middle Grade)

    “If Wes Anderson wrote The Penderwicks, it might look like The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. From the moment you step into the brownstone on 141st Street, the five Vanderbeeker children and their eccentric collection of family and friends will charm and delight you. Their attempts to keep their Scrooge-like landlord from evicting them from their beloved home are both hilarious and heartwarming, and this modern-day classic in the making will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.”

    Melissa Posten, The Novel Neighbor (St. Louis, MO)

    "The Vanderbeeker's of 141st Street tells the story of a family on the verge of losing the only home they have ever known.  In an effort to save the place they love, the five Vanderbeeker children attempt to win over their reclusive landlord who lives on the 3rd floor.  As each attempt backfires and moving day draws closer, the Vanderbeeker clan falls apart in ways they never thought possible.  Heartbreaking and hopeful at every turn you won't be able to help but fall in love with not only the Vanderbeekers, but the whole neighborhood."

    Kate Schlademan, The Learned Owl Book Shop (Hudson, OH)

    "The Beiderman, the reclusive upstairs neighbor and landlord of the Vanderbeeker family, is evicting the lot of them from the only home the five children have ever known. At Christmastime! There are only days remaining and each of the kids works at winning over The Beiderman, a task made difficult as this is a person that they have never even seen. The Vanderbeekers is an incredibly charming book overflowing with wonderful characters that will make for a perfect family read-along."

    Dave Shallenberger, Little Shop of Stories (Decatur, GA)

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