Thorndike Press

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue

  • Karina Yan Glaser
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432879677
  • ISBN-13: 9781432879679
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 372 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released August 2020



A New York Times Bestselling Series
The Vanderbeekers Series

For the Vanderbeeker kids of Harlem’s 141st Street, spring break couldn’t be off to a better start. Isa’s back from band camp, Oliver’s building his first-ever treehouse in the backyard of the brownstone, and Laney, Jess, and Hyacinth are excited to help their mother when she gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to star in a cooking magazine. But the Vanderbeekers’ plans go off the rails when an unexpected visit from city officials puts their mother’s bakery in jeopardy. Now they’ll have to band together to save the day before they’re out of business.

Age Range: 8-10 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: 830L


Customer Reviews

“Glaser manages the large cast of characters with ease. . . . A satisfying addition to the Vanderbeeker series.”

— Booklist

“Once again Glaser produces a charming novel reminiscent of classic and contemporary family story mainstays by Edward Eager, Jeanne Birdsall, and others, but she adds depth with racial diversity, evocative city details, and complex socio-economic issues. . . . Satisfying as a stand-alone and a welcome return for those who consider the Vanderbeekers part of their own family.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue is almost a case study in why these kinds of series are so captivating for young readers: Above all, while the happy ending might be a foregone conclusion, there is great satisfaction in seeing how their favorite characters untangle the knot this time.”

— The New York Times

“Glaser ticks all the boxes of a classic middle-grade ensemble piece. . . . funny, with character-grounded quirkiness, just enough slapstick, and no winking over kids’ heads. . . . The whole thing is a little retro, very welcoming to the reader, and sweet to the core.”

— Horn Book