by Katherine Applegate *cover and synopsis from Goodreads* Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it… Continue reading Book Review: The One and Only Ivan
by Karina Yan Glaser Adventure never seems to leave the Vanderbeekers! As autumn and the start of a new school year roll around, the Vanderbeekers are busy helping Mr. Beiderman prepare for the city marathon and trying to figure out who the mysterious person sleeping the community garden shed is. When the Vanderbeekers do discover… Continue reading Book Review: The Vanderbeekers, Lost and Found
by Karina Yan Glaser The Vanderbeekers are ecstatic when Mrs. Vanderbeeker is going to be featured in a famous magazine for her baking! This is just what she needs for her business! The photo shoot for the magazine article does mean that a health inspector will have to come and make sure that the Vanderbeeker… Continue reading Book Review: The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue
by Karina Yan Glaser When Mr. Jeet, the Vanderbeekers' upstairs neighbor, suffers from a stroke, the Vanderbeeker children have to do something. They have to try and help Mr. Jeet get better! In an attempt to prepare a surprise for Mrs. Josie and Mr. Jeet when Mr. Jeet is released from the hospital, the Vanderbeeker… Continue reading Book Review: The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden
By Iain Lawrence back cover: The spring of 1955 tests Laurie Valentine's gifts as a storyteller. After her friend Dickie contracts polio and finds himself confined to an iron lung, Laurie visits him in the hospital . She meets two other kids trapped inside the breathing machines: there's Carolyn, an obnoxious girl whose family has… Continue reading Book Review: The Giant Slayer
by Karina Yan Glaser back cover: The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It's practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince… Continue reading Book Review: The Vanderbeekers of 141 St.