Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of this book – all opinions are my own.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
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.
And just like that, another title was added to my “Favorite Books Read In 2017” list. I fell head-over-heels for the Vanderbeekers and am now recommending it to everyone. It was such a fantastic story about family, community, and resilience.
One of my favorite parts of the story was the experience of life for the Vanderbeekers growing up in Brooklyn. As a girl who grew up in a single-family-home in the country, their lifestyle was a bit alien to me, but in a good way. So for me, part of the excitement of this book was walking with them down to the bakery for a cheese danish, and going upstairs to have Thanksgiving dinner with the neighbors; getting to experience “a day in the life” of a completely different lifestyle.
If I had to use a single word to describe this book in reflection, I would choose “sweet”. I look back on it and feel happy. There were emotional ups and downs, and the building tension of whether or not they’ll be able to convince Biederman to let them stay really holds you captive, but overall there was a good feeling to this story. I think the Vanderbeekers are going to find a lot of fans among their readers, young and old alike. They definitely found one in me. I’m adding a copy of this one to my library, and can’t wait for their next adventure. (Two more books are in the works, one will be coming in Fall of 2018, and the third installment in 2019, and they’re already added to my auto-buy list. 😁)
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 304 pages, Houghton Mifflin, October 3, 2017