Heartwarming Story for the Elementary School Crowd

Today I have a heartwarming story for the elementary school crowd.  With a wonderful neighborhood and a strong sense of community, the Vanderbeekers are part of what makes their block tick.  When they get an eviction notice a few days before Christmas, everyone bands together to help them save their home.

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Title: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Streetheartwarming story for the elementary school crowd vanderbeekers

Author: Karina Yan Glaser

Target: Grades 3-5

Series: This is the first book in a planned series

What this book is about:

The Vanderbeekers live in New York City in a brownstone they love. But suddenly their landlord tells them they have to be out by the new year. They can’t imagine living anywhere else, so the five children go on a quest to convince their landlord to renew their lease. Unfortunately, their best-laid plans occasionally cause more problems than intended. This may not be helping their cause. Christmas Day is only five days away, and they are hoping for a holiday miracle!

Why I love this book:

  • This is one of those family-friendly stories that you can all read together. The kids are adorable, the neighborhood is delightful and close-knit, there is a little romance and a lot of unexpected scheming.
  • The author keeps the mystery of the landlord’s problem with the Vanderbeekers going until the end, so readers will be caught up in figuring out why their lease will not be renewed. I can’t say I ever really doubted they would leave, but how they would stay was what kept me reading.
  • I read this during Christmas break which was perfect timing. The book centers around the holiday and while you can certainly enjoy it any time of year, I felt quite festive reading it when the story took place.

Who this book is for:

This book has quite an All of a Kind Family or The Penderwicks vibe, so if your kids like any of those this one should be a hit. Kids who like realistic fiction will enjoy this one.

Final thoughts:

Great one to read aloud to multiple age groups.

To purchase this book:

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