The Vanderbeekers on 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Book 1)

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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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.

Synopsis from Goodreads.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is a heart-warming, clean, and humorous debut novel. The entertainment never ceases to end with The Vanderbeeker children loose in New York.

Let me simply cut to the chase. I LOVED this book!!! It was so similar to The Penderwicks with it’s wild and charming characters, drastic situations, and humor, yet held somehow managed to capture the love of family even more perfectly than The Penderwicks. Overall, this was my favorite part.

Karina captured the familial relations perfectly! The banter between the middle children, the control that the eldest struggled to maintain, and the spoiled – but loveable – behavior of the youngest. Not to mention that this family was obsessed with pets which helped add to the chaos! The characters were perfectly fleshed out. True, they were fairly 2-dimensional, but it doesn’t take away from the story.

Triggers: None

Overall, this is a GREAT read for lovers of fiction ages 10 and up! The story is easy to follow along with and the writing is easy to understand. It is truly a MUST read!!

Yes, this is a short review, but don’t underestimate how much I loved it! Also, isn’t the book cover so cute? Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this book yet? Merry Christmas and God bless!


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

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