Saturday, December 26, 2020

Vanderbeekers Book Recommendation #iLoveMG

Welcome to #iLoveMG where I share middle grade books that my fifth graders recommend. (Please note that my fifth graders read a wide variety of books across a wide variety of genres, levels, and topics. Do not think that these books are "only" for fifth graders.) Or check out #3rdfor3rd for recommendations from when I taught third grade.

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Recommended by Yasmin

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is a fiction book written by Karina Yan Glaser. This book was about a family of 5 Vanderbeeker kids, Isa and Jessie (they are twins,12), Laney (4), Hyacinth(6), and Oliver (the only boy, 9). They also had a dog named Franz, a cat named George Washington, and a house rabbit named Paganini. The book takes place 5 days before Christmas which was a big deal for this family but this year it wasn't how they expected. The Vanderbeeker family lives in a brownstone in Harlem, New York City. The Vanderbeekers lived on the 1st floor, Mrs. Josie and Mr. Jeet live on the 2nd floor, and Mr. Beiderman (their landlord) lived on the 3rd floor. 5 days before Christmas day Mr. Beiderman refuses to renew their lease making them move right after Christmas. The Vanderbeeker kids come up with different ways to convince Mr. Beiderman.

I would rate this book an 8.7 out of 10 because I like the way it is written.

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