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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

by Glaser, Karina Yan,

Format: Book on CD 2017
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Collection  Children's Audio Books
Told that they will have to move out of their Harlem brownstone just after Christmas, the five Vanderbeeker children, ages four to twelve, decide to change their reclusive landlord's mind.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* As Tolstoy wrote, All happy families are alike, but few in children's literature are as engaging or amusing as the Vanderbeekers, even in a time of turmoil. Twins Isa and Jessie (12 years old), Oliver (9), Hyacinth (6), and Laney (4) react with disbelief, a bit of guilt, and plenty of indignation when they hear that Mr. Beiderman, their reclusive neighbor, has refused to renew the lease on their beloved Harlem brownstone apartment. With only 11 days left, the kids embark on Operation Beiderman, a series of secret initiatives intended to win over their landlord. A biracial family within a close-knit, diverse community, the Vanderbeekers are swiftly, deftly individualized by Glaser, who lets the kids' strengths, weaknesses, and quirks emerge as each takes the initiative and then deals with the repercussions that inevitably follow. Scenes are beautifully written, and a subplot adds depth to the novel. While there's pain and pathos here, humor is a constant, bubbling up in unexpected places. The story's ending seems inevitable, but it's moving nonetheless, and the journey to that destination is wildly entertaining. Add this captivating first novel to the list of family stories that would make an only child long for siblings.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Glaser sets her uplifting debut novel in contemporary Harlem, where the biracial Vanderbeekers rent the bottom two floors of a four-story brownstone from an inexplicably grouchy and reclusive landlord, Mr. Beiderman. The story opens on December 20, with the Vanderbeeker parents telling their five children, who range from age four to 12, that Mr. Beiderman is not renewing their lease and at year's end they will have to move out of the New York City home they've loved for years. The stunned children mount a mission to change their landlord's mind in 11 days. Each of the rambunctious Vanderbeekers is endowed with a passion or talent, Mr. Beiderman's ill temper is revealed to be grounded in tragedy, and Glaser infuses her novel with the comforting aura of a loving family in which everyone's idiosyncrasies are happily tolerated and misunderstandings are warmly resolved. Readers who enjoy a cheery story that's simultaneously old-fashioned and of the moment in its sensibility will enjoy this introduction to the Vanderbeekers and look forward to their future adventures. Ages 7-10. Agent: Ginger Clark, Curtis Brown. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Families -- New York (State) -- New York -- Juvenile fiction.
Landlord and tenant -- Juvenile fiction.
Neighbors -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Family life -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Landlord and tenant -- Fiction.
Neighbors -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Harlem (New York, N.Y.) -- Fiction.
New York (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Children's audiobooks.
Publisher Prince Frederick, MD :2017
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Miles, Robin, narrator.
Recorded Books, Inc.
Participants/Performers Narrated by Robin Miles.
Audience 7 years and up.
Language English
Notes Title from container.
Compact discs.
In container (17 cm.).
Description 5 audio discs (5 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9781501966590
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