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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Glaser
Humorous and heartfelt, the five Vanderbeeker children will do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved brownstone home in this sweeping family story that is as lively, diverse, and noisy as any street in Harlem.
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Allylu
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I have been wanting to read this series since last year and now I have finally started. I listened to this one on audio and it was great. It would make a very family-friendly movie. The things that happened just made me laugh. Looking forward to #2. #30 #BFC22 #ReadMyRoom #SERIES2022 #Buzzwordathon #20in4 #Pantone2022Colour Snow White #MGMarchThroughTime #MiddleGradeMarch

sblbooks I read this one a few months back and still need to continue this series. You're right it would make a good movie. 5mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 5mo
Clwojick Great match! 😊 5mo
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mjtwo
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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10 Apr-13 May 2021
Enjoyable read aloud story of a large family about to be evicted from their Harlem brownstone in the week before Christmas which emphasises the importance of neighbourhood and community. Probably way above Beatrix‘s reading level (she is 5) but I figure it is ok when I am the one reading - I enjoy it more and Beatrix does seem to be able to follow the general plot.
Made me crave that sort of community connection.

Chrissyreadit It sounds like a perfect read aloud❤️ 1y
mjtwo It is lovely @Chrissyreadit - we think we may listen to the rest of the series as audiobooks 1y
Chrissyreadit Yes! We used audible all the time it was a game changer for stories, family time and long drives. 1y
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alysonimagines
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This ebook has been sitting on my virtual shelf for a while, and it turned out to be the perfect balm that I didn‘t know I needed last month. The Vanderbeekers are easy to fall in love with and so much fun! 🔸#februaryreads2021

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SarahBradley
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Book1 #MGMarch. Enjoyable family story. I see it‘s a series, will likely read more.

megnews I‘ve been going through this series on audio. 👍🏻 1y
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BookInMyHands
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This is still my favorite Christmas chapter book for youth.

The Vanderbeekers love their Harlem brownstone, so it comes as a shock to the family of 7 when a little before Christmas they discover their landlord will not be renewing their lease. The kids set out on a mission to change the mind of their grumpy, reclusive landlord.

#readingauthorsofcolor2020

CogsOfEncouragement I enjoyed this with my kids two years ago and suggested my mom read it this year. She loved it. 2y
MamaGina This one is on my coffee table waiting to be read before year end ... no youths around here! 😆 2y
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megnews
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Cute story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

This is set in the week leading up to Christmas, so if you‘re looking for a bit of a Christmasy middle grade reading with the bonus setting of NYC, this is perfect. I liked it enough to check out their further adventures in the series.

MariettaSG Helpful review 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I love the covers in this series. 2y
megnews @MariettaSG thanks. 2y
megnews @erzascarletbookgasm me too. That‘s what originally drew me to it quite some time ago. (edited) 2y
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Jen2
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So cute!!

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Chazlyn
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Even as a child I was never a big fan of kids books. I secured a Virtual Author Event with Karina Yan Glaser for my library however and read the first three Vanderbeekers books and loved them so much! These characters are precious and I love all of the adults as well as the kids. I also like how Karina doesn't shy away from showing scary and upsetting things like strokes or consequences like ruining a business.

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Kristin_Reads
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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What a sweet read! Love this cozy family story set in Harlem!

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BiblioLitten
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Highly recommended for middle-school book lovers or book lovers in general. 😊
This sums up my reading for the #EasterExtravaganza readathon. As planned, I read two books, and one story a day from Sabrina and Corina. Thank you, Andrew for organising it. 😊

Tamra We have loved this series and are anxiously awaiting the next installment in Sept! 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic, well done 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂😊 Thanks for playing along. 2y
BiblioLitten @Tamra Even the minor characters are so heartwarming. I plan to read the next one in the series too! 💕😊 2y
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Ash.on.the.line
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This is a fun story. A loud boisterous family with 5 kids that try to figure out how to appease their landlord so they don‘t have to move. I really liked all the other non family members that are apart of the children‘s lives. It really does take a village. It‘s a light easy story to read, and I enjoyed every minute!

Tamra We love 💜 the series. 😁 2y
Ash.on.the.line @Tamra I can see why. I didn‘t realize there was a series and now I must read them! 😄 2y
BiblioLitten Love your review! 2y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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A rather lovely tale of 5 children who try very hard to stay in their beloved apartment when their always unseen but always felt landlord decides not to renew their lease...

Tamra 💜 We really enjoy this series! 3y
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Bookwormjillk
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This is the kind of book I would have loved as a kid, and I‘m definitely going to recommend it to my kids. It‘s about the adventures of a big, fun family in Harlem and their quest to get their landlord to renew their lease. This book takes place during the Christmas season.

#WinterGames #Elfies

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Verity
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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So good. A modern take on the kids-save-the-family trope, which has always been one of my favourites of the non-school story middle grade tropes. Just lovely.

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Verity
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Current middle-grade read.

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AnneCecilie
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The perfect feel-good novel.

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AnneCecilie
Vanderbeekers of 141st Street | Karina Yan Glaser
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Just started this one

sblbooks I've had this on my TBR for a while. 3y
Tamra We loved it and are eagerly anticipating the 3rd coming out this month! 3y
Amiable Gorgeous cover! 3y
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Daisey
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A fun #middlegrade book with an entertaining group of characters and a wonderful caring message!

#MsDsLibrary

Tamra We loved it and just started the second. 😁 3y
JazzFeathers Also a wonderful cover! 3y
Daisey @Tamra I don‘t know that I‘ll get to the other ones anytime soon, but I would definitely recommend them to students. 📚 3y
Daisey @JazzFeathers I agree. There are also great drawings of the building inside! 3y
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Daisey
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Day 10: Forming the Fellowship makes me consider how much I love making connections through books. I appreciate that the #YearofTolkien has helped me form a fellowship with other Tolkien readers on Litsy. I also love seeing a reference to my favorite books in other books. Today I‘m finishing up a middle grade book and this mention of LotR jumped out at me. Mentions like this build a fellowship between authors and readers.

#MiddleEarthMarch

JazzFeathers So true. I think books can unite us more than so many other things in our daily life. Stories go deep inside in places we think nothing will reach. And the connection we make in those places are special. The #YearOfTolkien group is special to me. Dare l say precious? 😉 3y
Daisey @JazzFeathers 😂 I like what you did there! 3y
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jesseastin
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A ten year old recommended this book to me, so I got it out from the library. This is a sweet middle readers book, kind of a Little Women modern day family with twinges of a Hallmark Christmas special. It was definitely a feel-good book with themes of family, friends, neighborhoods and kindness and empathy.

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Tamra
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The kids (11 & 9) and I loved this book! Comical, heartwarming, and suspenseful. 💜

AlaMich It has a very promising cover! 4y
IamIamIam I really have to grab this next time I'm at the library!!! Glad you enjoyed it!! 4y
Tamra @IamIamIam do pick it up! It is a fast read if you aren‘t restricted to reading bits at night with the kids. 😆 4y
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IamIamIam @Tamra LOL, kudos for reading it with them!!! My 7 year old likes reading to herself and my 10 year old hates reading but only to be contrary. 😂 4y
emtobiasz Hooray! So glad they liked it (and you too)! 4y
Tamra @IamIamIam I‘ll give up night time read aloud over my dead body. 😆😆😆 4y
Tamra @IamIamIam my son does that a lot over my reading recs. 🙄 4y
Tamra @emtobiasz middle grade reads are a lot of fun! So are picture books. 💜 4y
Tamra @AlaMich this pic got cut off, but yes the cover art is wonderful. 4y
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CogsOfEncouragement
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A clever, sweet story (set at Christmas time) that the kids and I enjoyed. Likable characters and some twists we did not expect. #BedtimeBookClub

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Emily92Bibliophile
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First bail in a while. Sweet middle grade novel but it had too much of a “Hallmark Movie “ feel. Just feeling pressured because the countdown to getting as close to 150 books as possible, I want to read books that are worth my time. Definitely will try this book again next year when I‘m not on a time crunch !

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Craftylikefox
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A lovely gift on a Monday! Thank you so much Traci 😊 #kindlitsy

Traci1 Hope you like it. It looks like a cute one. ☺ 4y
JoScho I have this one and haven‘t read it. Let me know if you want to buddy read it in the future 🖤 4y
Craftylikefox @Traci1 it looks super cute! 😊 I‘m really looking forward to reading it 4y
Craftylikefox @JoScho Yes! I would definitely be down for a buddy read of it in the future! 🖤 4y
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BookwormDownUnder
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I loved this sweet book! A throwback to the kind of books I remember reading as a child, but for the modern age. So cute!

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scripturient
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Okay,unpopular opinion alert: I did not care very much for this book. There, it‘s out. Sorry. The characters were totally likeable, the setting was cute but the plot was just too simplistic and Hallmark movie like. It did have echoes of some of my favourite classics but that wasn‘t enough to win me over. Therefore: a cutesy quick read but nothing that will stick with me for very long. The cover is lovely though. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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scripturient
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Somehow this book reminds me of ‘Little Women‘ with its bustling household, kind-hearted kids and all their mishaps. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

ju.ca.no I love the cover😍 4y
batsy Great cover, background, and tattoo 👌🏽 4y
Tamra We just started this as a read aloud last and kids are hooked already! 4y
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bibliobliss Love your tattoo 😍 4y
Jennn56 Awesome tattoo!! 4y
Arvena I envy Your tattoo 😍 1y
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BookInMyHands
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I‘ve read this before, but we just listened to the audiobook (read by Robin Miles) as a family and it was fantastic!

The five Vanderbeeker children have 11 days to convince their cranky shut-in landlord that he should renew their lease. Shenanigans ensue.

This story takes place around Christmas and has such a warm, comforting feel to it. It reminds me of The Penderwicks in some ways. Love it, love it.

#crossculturalstories
#audiobook

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Eggs
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"Home and I are such good friends." LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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emtobiasz
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As long as you are willing to suspend some disbelief, read like a kid (aka ignore what the adults should be doing), and enjoy some sap, this #middlegrade read will delight and uplift. The 5 Vanderbeeker siblings remind me of the Penderwicks and bring some Christmas cheer to their Harlem neighborhood and crotchety landlord. I‘m not 100% in love, but I did stay up long past my bedtime to finish it all in one night. #kidlit

Tamra This would be a good December read aloud? 4y
emtobiasz @Tamra Perfect, I‘d say! 🎄🎄🎄 4y
Tamra @emtobiasz yay!!! 4y
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SamanthaMarie
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Sorry for the poor lighting. I just finished this book by book light and I know I'm late to the party hype, but I LOVED it. I got it from the library today and finished it in one sitting (minus taking my dog to the vet and putting my little guy down for bed.) It was so good. I felt like I fit right into the world of the Vanderbeekers-it was written so warmly and invitingly. If you enjoy kidlit, READ THIS BOOK!

Prairiegirl_reading I like the picture! I‘ve had this on my ridiculous tbr shelf (and by that I mean entire tbr book case) for a while now. It sounds like I need to move it up on the priority list. 4y
SamanthaMarie @Prairiegirl_reading HAHAHA. I am the same way regarding a whole TBR bookcase. Please do move this one up! Reading it around Christmas would be an utter delight. 4y
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Cadyly
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Which to read next? I‘ll try a chapter of each.

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chelreads
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This book 😍 The Vanderbeeker family has made their way on to my list of favorite fictional families. #80in18

Jess7 Lovely cover!! 😍 4y
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bookishkai
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Monday reading! Vanderbeekers is a reread, and The Great Alone because it (finally) feels like fall here in CO.

Jerdencon The new vanderbeekers book comes out tomorrow I think! 4y
bookishkai @Jerdencon yup! That‘s the reason for the reread! 4y
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WhatDeeReads
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I‘m just reading middle grade books from now on. Pure saccharine goodness straight to the heart. The Vanderbeeker children are beautifully written and developed each distinct from the others. Supportive loving adults. These children take positive action when they believe they are going to lose the brownstone they love. I am in love with this family. Eagerly awaiting sequel and movie. Reese Witherspoon bought the rights already.

JoScho I just bought this one and I am excited to read it. 4y
tjwill I‘ve heard good things! Now I definitely need to read it soon. 4y
cherylmorton Agreed. I‘m re-reading this with my kids right now and sometimes a little goodness is what the heart needs 💓 4y
WhatDeeReads @JoScho @tjwill It‘s adorable. You will love it. 4y
WhatDeeReads @cherylmorton It‘s perfect for family read along. 4y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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This has been on my radar since I've heard it raved about on the @bookriot podcasts.

Kindle daily deal alert!

Tamra Thank you for posting! 4y
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Mc_cart_ny
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐A heartwarming #middlegrade book about a family with five children who find out several days before Christmas that their lease will not be renewed and have to move out in a week. The children then band together to come up with a plan to save their home. We meet their grumpy landlord, their incredible elderly neighbors, and other families that live on their street. Such a sweet, enjoyable book.

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Liberty
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HOLY CATSSSSSSSSSSSSS! Congratulations to @KarinaG !!! The @bookriot family is waving Muppet arms like we‘ve never done before! 📚❤️🎉
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Bookworm83
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The epigraph for this book says it all...a cozy little book about home and family. #24in48

Eyelit So funny - I volunteer at my library and this book has been requested a lot lately (I get to help pull holds). Maybe I‘ll check it out when the local fervor dies down 😄 4y
Bookworm83 @Eyelit It‘s a really sweet book!! 4y
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Bookworm83
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I fell asleep just shy of 12 hours, but bring it on day two! #24in48

EmilyM Love the mug! 4y
Bookworm83 @EmilyM Thank you! It was a gift from one of my bookish besties ❤️ 4y
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Bookworm83
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On to book three and still going strong! I‘m going with a light, easy read for my last one of the night. #24in48

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Ledwards88
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The last two sentences cracked me up!😂

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Lmstraubie
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I knew I would like it, but I didn't realize how much. I'm looking forward to the sequel!

Tamra TBR! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good and I like the cover! 4y
Lmstraubie @erzascarletbookgasm The family has 5 children with distinctive personalities, but with a strong love and support of each other. 4y
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Lmstraubie
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Settling in with this one and a cup of tea after a busy day 🍵📖🙂

PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed this book. Hope you do too!😉 4y
Lmstraubie @PurpleyPumpkin So far so good 🙂 I see there is a sequel as well. 4y
PurpleyPumpkin Yes, and I‘m looking forward to it!👍🏽 4y
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sammisho Is this a mg read? Looking for some good books for Addi this summer 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho Yes! If she ends up liking it a sequel is coming out soon 4y
sammisho @Lmstraubie Thanks! She has been having trouble getting into anything. She loves to read, but she is a picky reader 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho What kinds of things does she usually like to read? 4y
sammisho @Lmstraubie She love Harry Potter. And she just finished The War that Saved my Life and really enjoyed that. She doesn't really have a type. 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho Ohhhhh I loved The War That Saved My Life (sigh) and Harry Potter, well duh ❤️❤️❤️ There is a sequel The War I Finally Won. I haven't read it yet, but it's gotten good reviews from my students. I've also heard good things about Wishtree (on my summer reading list too). If she hasn't already read The One and Only Ivan or The Wild Robot I recommend those also. Touching & Heart Warming. Continuing... 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho The Charlie Bones series is similar to Harry Potter. Also a lot of my HP kids like the Percy Jackson series as well. Hope this helps! 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho One more! I don't know how she feels about zombies, but The Last Kids on Earth series has been a recent big hit in my library. Mystery wise - The Platypus Police Squad 4y
sammisho Thank you! I have The War I finally Won on hold at the library right now! She is reading Hunger Games right now and is liking it. I'll check out these other books for her too! 4y
Lmstraubie @sammisho Yeah, she'll probably finish the Hungry Games trilogy by the end of the week 🤣🤣 They are definitely can'tputdownable! 4y
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sarahgreatlove
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The most lovely book I‘ve read in a long time. I haven‘t cried actual happy/sad tears in a book in I don‘t know how long. A beautiful story of a family who are told they have to leave their home right before Christmas. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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smilingshelves
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My husband and I are on a mini-vacation. I woke up way too early this morning (my body must still be on toddler time), so I'm out on our hotel balcony with a book and a sliver of sunrise. It's also freezing and supposed to be rainy today, which is why the plan is to visit several bookstores! 😁

BucklingBookshelves Ahhh, being by the water always makes happy. 🌊 But yea, toddler time is so a real thing even when you have the chance to be on vacation time 🤷‍♀️ Enjoy your trip! I‘m sure some time away before baby #2 will be great. Loving the rainy day bookstore plan too 😊📚 4y
EvieBee What a lovely view and nice to have a book for company. Enjoy! Be sure to post your book haul! 4y
smilingshelves @Bucklingbkshelf Our trip was lovely, but too short. I needed more time on that balcony by the water! 😀 The bookstores were a ton of fun, though, and it was so nice to get away for a little while. 4y
smilingshelves @EvieBee It was a wonderful trip. Book haul pictures will be posted soon! 4y
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smilingshelves
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I've been looking forward to getting this book at the library all week, but when I arrived today, it had been checked out! Thankfully there was another branch that only took me a slight detour to reach, and I successfully brought it home!

Chelleo That‘s commitment! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 4y
smilingshelves @Chelleo Especially since it meant getting my two-year-old in and out of his car seat an extra time! 😲 4y
Chelleo @smilingshelves Been there, done that!! 4y
BucklingBookshelves Oh it‘s so good! Enjoy! And I second the 🏆 on the car seat thing! 4y
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Jerdencon
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Super cute middle grade book! Did it as a buddy read with my 9 year old (trying to start a new tradition with him). He actually laughed out loud in parts. The second book comes out in September - so we are excited for that! And there is a cool map on the inside cover. #raisingreaders
(Can you tell I'm happy to be on litsy using my wifi - posting away!)

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