Book Trailer Premiere: The Vanderbeekers Series by Karina Yan Glaser

A Special Message
from Karina Yan Glaser

The Vanderbeekers book series centers around a biracial family of five kids who live in a red brownstone on 141st Street in Harlem, New York City. The first book in the series, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, is set five days before Christmas when their curmudgeonly landlord mysteriously refuses to renew their lease. The Vanderbeekers are determined to change their landlord’s mind before it is too late. In The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, the Vanderbeeker kids attempt to turn the ivy-ridden, possibly haunted, abandoned lot down the street into the best community garden in the neighborhood. And in The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue, the kids are excited to have the a whole week off from school for spring break… but then they single-handedly destroy their mother’s baking business and have to race against the clock to fix their epic mistake. These cozy family novels are all about the connections we make and the unexpected twists and turns life can take.

I am THRILLED and EXCITED New York Times bestselling author Karina Yan Glaser dropped by to celebrate The Vanderbeekers series. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Karina! 

Katya Longhi’s cover illustration for The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue is full of animal mayhem! I love how Katya conveys the chaos, confusion, and fun in the brownstone’s backyard, just another typical day for the Vanderbeekers...

Isa, Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney are back in a new adventure that takes place six months after the epilogue in The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden. This time, they are anticipating a relaxing spring break in their brownstone. What they do not anticipate is single-handedly destroying their mom’s baking business. Can they fix their mistake before it’s too late? 

Harlem is not only the Vanderbeekers’ home, it’s where I’ve lived for the past nine years with my family. I love getting inspiration for my stories just by walking down the street. This neighborhood is filled with history, gorgeous architecture, and the friendliest people I’ve ever met. I love living and raising my kids here.

I hope The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue gratifies all of the readers who have written me letters and asked, “In your next book, can you add more animals?” 

Amy Poehler is as nice and cool in person as she is on Parks and Recreation. I’m honored that she has optioned the film rights to The Vanderbeekers; she is the absolute perfect person for this project!

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me how I felt when we bumped into each other in the middle of Times Square last month! It was a magical moment! Seeing you totally made my week!

That was such a fun surprise! 


Look for The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue on September 17, 2019. 


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