Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti

37738145Lynn: Nighttime in the village of Eel-Smack-By-The-Bay and a lone writer sits on the third floor of the lighthouse pouring out his thoughts into his diary, anguish in every sentence. Yes, gentle reader, this man has been bound into servitude as his family has been bound before him to the infamous Bellweather family. Almost 200 years ago Nigel Benway swore an Oath of Fealty to Horatio Bellweather after being saved from Certain Death by Drowning. The Benway family has been indentured ever since. The last of his line, Tristan Benway has served as Butler in the pandemonium that is the Bellweather household since graduating first in his class from the Eldritch K. Doofus Academy for Butlers. But the two hundred years is almost up and Glorious Liberation and Oath Abandonment Time (GLOAT) is fast approaching. Tristan Benway will soon be enjoying his new life in a Charming Cottage in a Warm Locale, Far Far Away! But first he has to “weather” 8 weeks of the triplets’ destructive habits, Spider’s purchase of an Albino Alligator, Ninda’s hidden circus family and Dr. Bellweather’s tantrums!

Leaving the Bellweathers (Egmont, 2009) is a hoot – clever, snarky, convoluted and totally entertaining. This is guaranteed to be a hit with the Lemony Snickett fans. Readers will spot the joke early on but the pleasure is in watching it unfold. A plot to steal the Mona Lisa is secondary to the silliness, but who cares? Count me in as a fan with a capital F!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. I ordered this on a hunch-had only read the description, but sounded like something that would be a success here. So happy to read this review!

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