The Butler Gets a Break
A Bellweather Tale
By Kristin Clark Venuti
(EgmontUSA, Hardcover, 9781606840870, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 12, 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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All is (temporarily) peaceful in the village of Eel-Smack-by-the-Bay. An art heist has been averted, an albino alligator refuge established, and a family of refugee circus performers, gainfully employed. After much thought (and a tell-all memoir) Tristan Benway has decided to remain in the employ of the Bellweather family, and the children, especially, have tried to mend their ways.
But old habits die hard, and when the triplets - Brick, Spike, and Sassy - experiment in negative space on the lighthouse stairs, Benway ends up in the hospital with a broken leg, and the Bellweathers are left without a butler.
The family's efforts to find an interim servant fail miserably. Their troubles mount as they become mixed-up with a band of roving Gypsies, paleontological discoveries gone awry, and encounters with rare attack squirrels. But letting the recuperating Benway know of their plight is not an option. As the Bellweathers spin increasingly amazing stories of their "new servant" at Benway's bedside, the poor butler starts to wonder if he was ever needed. . .
Kristin Clark Venuti's first novel, Leaving the Bellweathers, introduced the world to a family of kooky, crazy, unforgettable characters. But the author is quite a character, herself. A children's-theater producer, scene painter, and two-time black belt, she wrote on anything she could while growing up, including her father's prized dictionary, the walls of her house, and the family dog (with blueberry ink, of course). She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California with her husband and children. You can visit her online at www.leavingthebellweathers.com.