Leaving the Bellweathers

Leaving the Bellweathers

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Leaving the Bellweathers by Kristin Clark Venuti, Michael Page

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501284328
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 08/11/2015
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 9 - 11 Years

About the Author

Kristin Clark Venuti always knew she wanted to be a writer - like some members of the zany Bellweather family, she wrote on anything she could while growing up, including the walls of her house and the fur (with blueberry ink) of her good natured and understanding white dog. She lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. This is her first novel.

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Leaving the Bellweathers 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it; such a heart-warming story at the end, and I was laughing the whole time I read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
The Bellweathers are a kooky family with wild, extravagant habits and interests. The father is an inventor who hates noise (yet the house is full of it). The mother is obsessed with painting and re-painting the lighthouse they live in. Spider hates the sunlight and loves crazy animals. Ninda is someone who wants to Do Good and Help the Downtrodden. And, finally, you have the artistic, yet insane, triplets: Spike, Brick, and Sassy. With their butler, Tristan Benway, the Bellweathers find themselves harboring foreign circus folk, albino alligators, and making plans to steal the Mona Lisa. LEAVING THE BELLWEATHERS is one wacky book! It's also quite fun. There are moments in the story that might be slightly over the head of your average middle grader, but overall, I think they would enjoy the funny antics that this family gets up to...even if they are completely unrealistic in most senses. One of the things that I found different and fun about this book was the end of every chapter. You get a look into the butler's journal. He looks back on what has happened in the lighthouse on the hill...as well as fondly thinking of his future when he is free of his servitude to the Bellweathers and can live in a Warm Place Far, Far Away. Obviously, this book is full of good messages, though not preachy or annoyingly so. Some of these would be the love of family (even when not blood related), the importance of creativity, and the need to think of others and not just yourself. This was a fun book overall. I think it would be much more exciting for someone of a younger age, and it's certain to be one that could produce crazy sequels!
Marc_P More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my 12 year old nephew. He enjoyed it so much I began reading it with my 6 year old. The only problem I had with this book was that it was tough to read out loud in a cohesive manner because I kept laughing out loud. I hope there is a sequal.
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Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Leaving the Bellweathers is an imaginative and fun ride through the eccentric lives of the Bellweather family and their butler Benway. Entertaining and humorous throughout it will undoubtedly keep the attention of any middle-grader. Venuti did a wonderful job of creating characters with individuality - each was spirited in a odd but completely relatable way. The children in particular were socially conscious (though not as one would suspect) and well rounded in their beliefs. Educated, artistic and all around fun each brought something unique to the story. For example, in an interesting twist I found it ironic that Ninda was known for fighting persecution and injustice yet it was already prevalent in her own home with the Oath of Fealty Benway was required to live under. All in all Leaving the Bellweathers is a whimsical tale that I would recommend to parents looking for an amusing story that demonstrates the power of dedication, family and ultimately individuality in a positive and interesting light.