The Vanderbeeker family is shocked when their landlord, Mr. Beiderman, decides not to renew their lease and they must find a new place to live. Refusing to settle for this, the Vanderbeeker kids spend the days leading up to Christmas on a mission to convince Mr. Beiderman to let them stay. This story highlights themes of family, community, bitterness, grief, and forgiveness. It’s well-suited as a family read-aloud for boys and girls, young elementary age through 14-ish. The strength of this story is in the relationship the family has with one another and with their friends and neighbors.
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