The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

By: Karina Yan Glaser

For the Vanderbeeker kids of Harlem’s 141st Street, spring break couldn’t be off to a better start. Isa’s back from band camp, Oliver’s building his first-ever treehouse in the backyard of the brownstone, and Laney, Jess, and Hyacinth are excited to help their mother when she gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a cooking magazine.

But the Vanderbeekers’ plans go off the rails when an unexpected visit from city officials puts their mother’s bakery in jeopardy. Now they’ll have to band together to save the day before they’re out of business. Perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and Front Desk.

ISBN: 9781328577573

JLG Release: Jan 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Family life , Harlem, New York City , Bakers and bakeries , Pets , African Americans , Family , Siblings , City and town life , Friendship , Music , Biracial families , Racially mixed people

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A big family, lots of pets, harried loving parents, a chaotic house, a supporting cast of eccentrics, a seemingly intractable problem in which kids save the day—in this, the third outing for the Vanderbeeker family of Harlem (The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, rev. 11/17, and sequel), Glaser ticks all the boxes of a classic middle-grade ensemble A big family, lots of pets, harried loving parents, a chaotic house, a supporting cast of eccentrics, a seemingly intractable problem in which kids save the day—in this, the third outing for the Vanderbeeker family of Harlem (The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, rev. 11/17, and sequel), Glaser ticks all the boxes of a classic middle-grade ensemble piece. The five Vanderbeeker children, established in previous books as ingenious and energetic, apply their particular skills to outwitting a new antagonist—City Hall—when an inspector closes down their mother’s cookie-making business. In a single crammed week of spring break, which also includes building a treehouse, solving a mystery (who is dropping off abandoned animals at their home every night?), and an important violin audition, these genial children organize an inventive new family-business plan. At one point in the novel ten-year-old Oliver needs a story “where he knew everything would turn out all right.” This is that story. It’s funny, with character-grounded quirkiness, just enough slapstick, and no winking over kids’ heads. The adults in their supportive urban community are benevolent but objects of some pity (“Being an adult is awful,” declares thirteen-year-old Jessie). The whole thing is a little retro, very welcoming to the reader, and sweet to the core.

Book Details

ISBN

9781328577573

First Release

January 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

364

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 12;

Lexile

Level 830L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Family life, Harlem, New York City, Bakers and bakeries, Pets, African Americans, Family, Siblings, City and town life, Friendship, Music, Biracial families, Racially mixed people,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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