The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

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.

Details The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

TitleThe Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Realistic Fiction, Juvenile

Reviews The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

  • Lisa Vegan
    A new book for my favorites shelf! Also I wrote it in and voted for it for Best Children’s Book and for Best Goodreads Debut Author book for the opening round of the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards. I don’t know that it will move on to further rounds, given that so far not too many readers have read it, yet, but I hope that it does. I also hope and assume that it will eventually be widely read. To all the usual suspects, my friends that enjoy ch...
  • Linda Williams Jackson
    Have you ever had a book come along just when you needed it most? When I requested the ARC of Karina Yan Glaser’s The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, I had no idea that upon approval of the request, I would be in the midst of a very rough week and that this lovely book would be my refuge. My week was harried and anxiety-ridden, but every time I opened my Kindle to this book, I felt like I was taking a mini-vacation.I THOROUGHLY enjoyed the world...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Remember those classic middle-grade novels that hit the world in that late 50's to early 70's period? Harriet the Spy, Beezus and Ramona, books like that? This quirky and interesting story reminded me a lot of those in a nostalgic sort of way, and it's nice to know that authors are still putting out writing for kids that doesn't focus on cell phones and iPads.
  • Laura Shovan
    Perfect middle grade novel to read over the holidays. I fell in love with the 5 Vanderbeeker children and the cast of friends, neighbors, and pets that make up their community. The Biederman is a Scrooge-like Christmas villain and the children's efforts to butter him up are hilarious disasters. Fans of middle grade family stories -- the Melendys, Hilary McKay's Casson family, the Penderwicks, All of a Kind Family -- will enjoy the Vanderbeekers, ...
  • Ian
    When their grouchy landlord who lives in the top floor apartment decides to not renew their lease, the Vanderbeekers face not only having to leave their beloved Harlem Brownstone they might have to leave New York. The Vanderbeeker children set about convincing the Beiderman to let them stay.This book is completely charming. it's written for young readers but I loved it.
  • Hilary
    I feel mean giving this book such a low rating as everyone else loves this book and my goodreads friend who recommended this to us shares many books we both absolutely love but we really didn't enjoy this at all.We liked the cover artwork although there is a floor missing on the Vanderbeeker's house and the house to the left appears to be on a different level as the top of the door dissapears into the pavement? The line drawings inside reminded m...
  • Emily
    This is a wonderful book that's positively overflowing with charm. The Vanderbeeker children are hilarious, and I fell instantly in love with each one of them and with the happy chaos of their household of 5 children, one dog, one cat and one bunny. I couldn't have loved them more! Karina Yan Glaser is an author to watch.
  • Kate Olson
    The Vanderbeekers are guaranteed to steal the heart of every single reader who picks up this book, children and adults alike. This is THE feel-good and huggable middle grade novel of 2017. Thank you to the author for providing Kid Lit Exchange with a review copy of this title. Okay, so this is one of those emotional reviews for me - one where I really don't tell you much about the book but just rave and rave and tell you how much I loved it. The...
  • Joanne O'Sullivan
    The sweetest, cutest story! I kept imagining this is what a Wes Anderson movie made specifically for kids would be like! The Vanderbeekers are a quintessentially New York eccentric family, with bright kids, each with their own unique character. When they face losing their home in a beloved Harlem brownstone, they spring into action. I loved how Glaser emphasized the power of community and the power of music in this story- this world felt so real ...
  • Jennifer
    Read and reviewed for the NYT:
  • Supriya Kelkar
    I have been wanting to read The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street ever since I saw that gorgeous cover, and the book does not disappoint. The tale of a family that finds out they will soon be evicted from their beloved home, and their five children who are determined to stop this from happening, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street was a delightful, charming story with truly memorable characters. I really felt like I was hanging out with the Vanderbeeke...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Deliciously Penderwickian.
  • Wallace
    Loved this book. It's about family but also about how our neighbors and our community can be part of that family. I highly recommend it for middle grade readers and their parents.
  • Lauren
    This book is a delight! The Vanderbeekers' home is brimming with activity- music, inventions, books, pets and more. But when the family finds out they are being forced to move because of their crotchety landlord, the kids do their best to come up with a way to be able to stay.Each of the kids are endearing in their own way, as are the the various neighbors who are such a big part of life as they know it. The Vanderbeekers face troubles, misunders...
  • Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.
    The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser. ©2017. 5+ Stars. What a wonderful and refreshing new modern-day classic. This is a book about a wholesome biracial family that takes place in Harlem, New York. Be entertained by the heartwarming Vanderbeeker family and their five friendly children in their cozy brownstone home—the one that houses their family and bonds them to their animals, neighbors and community, young and old. Looking...
  • Jennifer Bertman
    I absolutely adored this book and the Vanderbeeker family and their neighbors. Heartwarming story that feels like an instant classic.
  • Julia
    The Vanderbeekers of 141 Street will have to move out of their beloved brownstone after Christmas, which is in five days. All five children are shocked, they don't want to leave and they come up with a plan to win their landlord over. When Christmas Day is here, they still haven't made any progress, or have they?A wonderful middle-grade book about siblings that pull together to reach their goal, about neighbourhood and neighbours, and how hard it...
  • Wendy MacKnight
    I've been waiting for this book for so long and it did not disappoint! The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is a charming story of a family who are suddenly being evicted from their brownstone only a few days after Christmas. the The five Vanderbeeker children - Isa, Allegra, Oliver, Laney and Jesse - decided to work together to figure out how to make their landlord, the delightfully named Beiderman, to change his mind and let them stay. Along the w...
  • Patty
    The Vanderbeekers Of 141st StreetByKarina Yan GlaserWhat it's all about...This book is about the Vanderbeekers! Can I just say that the moment I met them I loved them! All of them! Even the feral cat and her three kittens who live in the back yard! I love the Vanderbeekers. we have mama and papa...mama is a pastry chef and papa takes care of the building they live in and fixes computers. Papa has a crazy love for coveralls. Isa and Jessie...
  • Jan
    This was a delightful & heartwarming story about family and neighborhood. I immediately fell in love with each of the Vanderbeekers and spent the book cheering on the kids as they tried to save their home. Highly recommend!!Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
  • Colby Sharp
    I think readers are going to love the Vanderbeekers. Talk about an amazing family.
  • Cara
    Absolutely delightful—I can’t wait for a darling eight year old I know to read it too.**update: the eight year old loved it!
  • Ms. Yingling
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineAm I the only one bothered by the parents' irresponsibility and lack of planning? Apparently, I am. Also wasn't wild about the explanation for why Mr. Biederman was so negative. Sure, it's a cute story, but really, really worrisome!The Vanderbeekers family of five children, parents, dog and rabbit have lived on two floors in a brownstone in Harlem. The father grew up in the same neighborhood. Just before Chr...
  • Lynn
    Heart-warming, funny, observant and an absolute delight to read. The Vanderbeeker family occupies my heart as well as the brownstone on 141st St. I love the reflection on neighborhood, a family pulling together and the power of friendship and love. This will make a wonderful classroom read aloud.Something about the book made me think of The Saturdays and Hilary McKay's charming books but this delightful debut novel stands strongly on its own.
  • Corabel Shofner
    I want to live at 141 Street with the Vanderbeekers. Seriously.
  • Trin
    Heartwarming, gently funny, just the right side of twee: like if Frank Capra wrote a modern middle grade novel.
  • Gwen the Librarian
    I just want to hug and hug this darling book.
  • Amber
    Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of the book - all opinions are my own.And just like that, another title was added to my “Favorite Books Read In 2017” list. I fell head-over-heels for the Vanderbeekers and am now recommending it to everyone. It was such a fantastic story about family, community, and resilience.One of my favorite parts of the story was the experience of life for the Vanderbeekers growing up in ...
  • Jeanette
    This book looked and sounded so promising but in the end it was just a so-so book for the whole family. None of us really cared for the Vanderbeeker kids. They were not terribly believable-too cutesy-perfect good, living a too cutesy-perfect life. I didn't really care at all for how they acted towards their hermit landlord, and frankly think the sudden turn around change at the end to be predictable in terms of the story build up but still very u...