The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

By: Karina Yan Glaser

While Isa is off at sleepaway orchestra camp, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are stuck at home in the brownstone with nothing to do but get on one another’s nerves. But when catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant as the Vanderbeeker children band together to do what they do best: make a plan. They will create the most magical healing garden in all of Harlem.
In this companion to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, experience the warmth of a family and their community as they work together to bring a little more beauty and kindness to the world, one thwarted plan at a time.

ISBN: 9781328770028

JLG Release: Feb 2019


Topics: Gardening , Family life , Harlem, New York City , Neighbors , African Americans , Siblings , City and town life , Friendship , Biracial families , Racially mixed people

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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We catch up with the biracial family from The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (rev. 11/17) in summertime. While nine-year-old Oliver complains of boredom, and almost-thirteen-year-old Jessie mopes about missing her twin, Isa, away at music camp, seven-year-old Hyacinth and five-year-old Laney are content to spend more time with their de facto extende We catch up with the biracial family from The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (rev. 11/17) in summertime. While nine-year-old Oliver complains of boredom, and almost-thirteen-year-old Jessie mopes about missing her twin, Isa, away at music camp, seven-year-old Hyacinth and five-year-old Laney are content to spend more time with their de facto extended family: elderly neighbors Mr. Jeet and Miss Josie and their previously grouchy landlord, Mr. Beiderman. At first Miss Josie’s suggestion that they turn an abandoned lot next to their church into a community garden is scoffed at—until a medical emergency sends Mr. Jeet to the hospital and the children decide to make the garden as a surprise for him when he comes home. As in the first book, there are individual struggles, too; for instance, Oliver must reconsider a formerly unkind classmate who wants in on the project, and Mr. Beiderman is working to overcome his six years of grief-inflicted agoraphobia. While mentions of cellphones and Minecraft set the book solidly in the present, the independence of the children (their father easily accepts that they are off to the park each day) and general goodness and support of their Harlem community provide a timeless sensibility. monica edinger

Book Details

ISBN

9781328770028

First Release

February 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.3; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.4; Points: 11;

Lexile

Level 820L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Potentially Sensitive Areas


Topics

Gardening, Family life, Harlem, New York City, Neighbors, African Americans, Siblings, City and town life, Friendship, Biracial families, Racially mixed people,

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