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The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden | Karina Yan Glaser
14 posts | 9 read | 1 reading | 16 to read
Return to Harlem's "wildly entertaining" family in this funny, heartwarming sequel. When catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbors, the Vanderbeeker children set out to build the best, most magical healing garden in Harlem--in spite of a locked fence, thistles and trash, and the conflicting plans of a wealthy real estate developer. While Isa is off at sleepaway orchestra camp, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are stuck at home in the brownstone with nothing to do but get on one anothers nerves. But when catastrophe strikes their beloved upstairs neighbor, their sleepy summer transforms in an instant as the Vanderbeeker children band together to do what they do best: make a plan. They will create the most magical healing garden in all of Harlem. In this companion to The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, experience the warmth of a family and their community as they work together to bring a little more beauty and kindness to the world, one thwarted plan at a time.
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Verity
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Charming. Just lovely. A modern take on the kids saving the neighbourhood that just sweeps you up and along and fills you with happiness.

Tamra I‘m so glad you liked it! It takes us forever to get thru chapters books since we only get 1 chapter read a night, and some nights get bumped. 😖 But with these stories we are always eager to get back. 2mo
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Verity
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I have gone straight on to book two.

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Tamra
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We‘ve been working on this story bit by bit and we loved every minute! 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾 from the Graham bedtime readers! No fantasy, just real kids with a real goal and real challenges. Affirming messages just like in the first installment, can‘t wait for the next to come out in September!

Blaire I‘ve been wanting to read this series with my son. Great review. 7mo
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Tamra
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Our new read aloud. Kids are hooked in even after just the first chapter. If we can‘t have spring outside, maybe we can have it inside? 😁🤞🏾

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jesseastin
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This is the third middle reader book I‘ve read in a row, plus I‘m re re listening to a Harry Potter book. I guess it‘s where my head is at this moment. Sweet second book about the Vanderbeeker family in Harlem. Not an original storyline, but the family is loving and it makes me miss all my siblings. Plus, as a lifelong knitter, I was smitten with all the knitting throughout the story. Ten yo boy knitter? Yarn bombings? Endearing.

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PurpleyPumpkin
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The second Vanderbeeker novel in the series was a hearty pick for me! Such an uplifting, feel-good story and the perfect way for me to end my holiday. Back to reality tomorrow. 4/5⭐️

Lmstraubie I really liked the 1st one. Looking forward to reading this one. 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin @Lmstraubie You‘ll definitely enjoy this one if you liked the first book. I highly recommend. It‘s great reading about kids who make a difference. 👍🏽😉 12mo
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chelreads
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I can‘t say enough good things about this series! I have fallen in love with the Vanderbeekers! #80in18

Tamra We‘re reading the first one aloud and we‘re enjoying it! Fun characters. 13mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Book 2! Yes!

Out Now
#coverlove #MGedition

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Kelly
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I loved the first book and am spending my evening with the sequel.

Tamra I didn‘t know it was a series! I am anxious to get to the first. 2y
Jennie748 I am not-so-patiently waiting for release day! My 9yo is currently rereading the first because she “loves it so much!” 2y
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julesG
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They will be back in September.

Another wonderful adventure with the Vanderbeeker children trying to cheer up their second floor neighbours by doing some 'Secret Garden'-ing.