Leaving the Bellweathers
Publication Date: September 2009
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Grade Level: 4-6 Age Level: 8 and up Listening Level: Grades 4-6 The young Bellweathers fourteen-year-old Spider, thirteen-year-old Ninda, and the nine-year-old triplets, Brick, Spike, and Sassy and their equally peculiar parents have brought constant chaos to the once-peaceful village of Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay. Still, no one has suffered more than their loyal butler, Benway, who has finally had enough. He is secretly writing his tell-all memoirs, packing his bags, and planning his move to a tropical location, Far, Far Away. But when the siblings discover Benway is preparing to leave their lighthouse home, they band together to prove how much he s needed, as only Bellweathers can. . . . Full of comic capers and close calls, an art heist, albino alligators, and good intentions gone wrong, Kristin Clark Venuti s hilarious debut novel introduces a new family that is absolutely unforgettable."