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The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found: 10/24/20

The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found

The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser is the fourth book in the Vanderbeekers series. All the action takes place over the course of two weeks: October 20, 2019 to November 03, 2019. It's the last days leading up to the New York Marathon and Mr. Beiderman is participating. He's been training with Orlando for months.

That's the good news. But the residents of 141st street have two troubling things to worry about. The first is Mr. Jeet's failing health. The second is the homeless person living in the garden shed.

After three books, Karina Yan Glaser has populated her fictional corner of Harlem with a close knit extended family of characters. We know where they live, where they work, their hopes and dreams. In the case of Mr. Beiderman we know of his heartbreak. Now, though, we all experience the surprise of a dear friend not only now homeless, but having secretly faced it many times before. And we experience loss as it's clear Mr. Jeet won't be recovering.

Both the homelessness and Mr. Jeet's death are handled with care. While both are upsetting in their own way, it's not out of the blue shocker of Old Yeller by Fred Gipson (1958). For those worried about this being a sad book, I can say it has a happy ending.

According to the back of the book, there's a fifth book in the works with a release date sometime next year. At this time I don't have a specific title or date. I can say, though, that I will be reading it.

Five stars

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