The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically a member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have 11 days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded landlord just how wonderful they are...and all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 39 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 12, 2018|
|Publisher||W. F. Howes Ltd|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #12,198 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Also, as others have mentioned, right off the bat, there is discussion of divorce, where the children mistakenly think their parents have called a family meeting to announce the news of their impending separation (they haven’t).
This book is a far cry from The Moffats. It lacks the honesty, wholesomeness, and natural ease of those books. I’m sorry I purchased this and am on the lookout for a new read aloud.
Thank you, Karina Yan Glaser
When the Vanderbeekers receive notice that they have to move out of their beloved New York apartment right after Christmas, the children take action. They decide to befriend the mysterious and curmudgeonly landlord, Mr. Beiderman, in hopes of inspiring him with a change of heart.
What I loved so much about this story is the sense of community that is tangible. Everyone wants to live in a neighborhood like this one. But even more, it is the reminder that streets like 141st Street don't just happen. It takes action. It takes looking beyond first appearances. And it takes loving people who might truly seem unlovable. Our world could use a few more stories like this one.
I read this book over my winter break, and it was absolutely the perfect timing. Karina Yan Glaser’s novel, The Vanderbeekrs of 141st Street, takes place entirely during the week before Christmas. You feel the gearing up for the holidays taking place in the setting of this story, especially the nostalgia that we all feel for our childhood homes during the holidays. The nostalgia runs deep for the Vanderbeeker children, and now that is all suddenly at risk to be coming to an end.
The Vanderbeekers are losing their family home, or the bottom floor of their apartment building. They have just been given notice that their landlord, the old, grumpy Mr. Biederman, has refused to allow the Vanderbeekers the opportunity to renew their lease. The Vanderbeeker children are devastated at the thought of leaving their Harlem neighborhood, and they hatch a plan to convince grumpy Mr. Biederman to let their family stay.
All five of the Vanderbeeker children join forces and add their individual spins, talents, and personalities to the efforts to win over Mr. Biederman. Naturally, things go all wrong for the children, and their sweet efforts to help save their home may actually be adding fuel to Mr. Biederman’s desire to have them gone for good. However, like true holiday books, the spirit of home, holidays, and families may just prevail in the long run.
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"Majestic street lamps were staggered on both sides of the sidewalk, spaced fifty paces apart. In the evening, the warm glow of the lights made passersby feel that this street might have looked the same one hundred years earlier."
I really really loved the imagery in this book. The brownstone where the Vanderbeekers live is described so beautifully and with such details that you can imagine it to be the happiest place in the world. All 5 children have unique personalities that distinguish them but they look out for each other in that special way siblings do. They are also surrounded by loving friends neighbours and pets. The book is warm and cozy and a really really lovely read.
Set in Harlem, New York City, the Vanderbeekers' lease is not being renewed to the brownstone they have lived in for years. The five children are upset about this news and set about devising a plan to change their landlord's mind. Having never seen the landlord, Mr. Beiderman, over the years they have lived there, he has grown in their imagination a someone who is larger than life.
Although the plot is a bit predictable and the denouement is very quick and smooth, this book is so fun and makes a great family read-aloud.
I would enjoy checking in on the Vanderbeekers in the future.