The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Vanderbeekers and the hidden garden by Karina Van Glaser


Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 25, 2018

Genres: Middle Grade  contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

2018 challenge:

Buy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads

I would give this book 4.5 for a review.


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 another’s 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.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this sequel novel. I loved seeing what new adventures this family went thought. I also enjoyed how again the parents were such a important part of this novel and it was a prefect slice of life novel for 2018 NYC. I loved the time line of this book and also the plot. I really thought it was a fast pace book and i loved seeing both new and old characters. I loved the summer adventure but also how it handled harder issues like older people getting sick but also a save the day plot, like in this first book. This book just put a smile on my face and I really liked it. I will def be checking out book 3!

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