Monday, May 20, 2019

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

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
(The Venderbeekers Book #1)
Karina Yan Glaser

About the Book
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.

Author's Website

Karina Yan Glaser


1.  The Vanderbeekers Downloadable Poster here - (can be printed up to 11" x 17")

2.  Activity page for The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street.  Download it here.

3.  Middle Grade @ Heart Book Club created this interview/discussion/activity guide for
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Check it out here.

Interviews and Blog Posts

1.  The Blog, Guest Post (Click link here)

2.  Sarah Scoop Interview and Book Review (Click link here)

3.  Beth McMullen's Blog (Click link here)

4.  Teachers Who Read Blog (Click link here)

5.  Blackplume's "Celebrating Debutantes" Blog (Click link here)


Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
3. What is the definition of the word?
4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
5. Explain how the word connects to the story.
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the
other MCBA books you read.

Other books in the series: 

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers Book #2)


The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden is set in the summer, six months after  
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Isa is away at a sleepaway music camp, and the rest
of the kids are wilting away in the New York City heat. But when catastrophe strikes
their beloved neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant. To keep from being
consumed by worry, they plan the best welcome home gift for their plant loving neighbors:
the Vanderbeekers will convert the eyesore of 141st Street—a small piece of land that has
been abandoned for decades—into a community garden. But creating a garden from scratch
is not as easy as it seems, especially when there’s a giant “NO TRESPASSING” sign hung
on the locked metal fence and the land itself is filled with trash and weeds.
Can the Vanderbeekers grow a garden in the unlikeliest of places?

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue (The Vanderbeekers Book #3)
Coming September 2019

 About the Book

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.