The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers,#2) by Karina Yan Glaser, 327 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $17.
Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G
BUYING ADVISORY: EL – ESSENTIAL; MS – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Josie and Mr. Jeet are the Vanderbeekers beloved upstairs neighbors, so when Mr. Jeet has a stroke and is rushed to the hospital the Vanderbeeker kids are upset. Josie and Mr. Jeet, who love plants, always encouraged the kids to make use of the garden next to the church, so the kids decide they want to surprise their neighbors when the return from the hospital. The Vanderbeekers, with the help of some friends, secretly work on beautifying the garden.
I love these sweet Vanderbeeker kids and their lovely neighbors and friends. If you have readers who enjoy the Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, then they will adore the Vanderbeekers as well. The kids range in age from 5-13, and this is a great read.
Reviewer, C. Peterson.