Title: Leaving the Bellweathers (released September 22, 2009)
Author: Kristin Clark Venuti
Age Range: 9-12
This is a tale of trials endured by Benway, the Bellweather family’s indentured butler, who wishes to leave employment, but cannot because of a family promise made 200 years ago. His trials include Endangered Albino Alligators, cleaning up after five children including triplets who only speak in a shout or a whisper, and dealing with Dr. Bellweather’s drastic sense of humor. Benway, who knows that the 200 year promise is almost over, can’t wait to leave the chaos and lack of appreciation. But as the time gets closer, the Bellweather children, realizing he how much he does for them, each work in their own strange way to convince him to stay.
Action-packed doesn’t even begin to describe this book. Even children who don’t care much for reading will be eagerly turning each page to see what this crazy household comes up with next.