Most kids think their families are weird, but they haven’t lived in the village of Eel-Smack-By-The-Bay and they haven't lived in the Bellweathers' lighthouse home. Now at the beginning of a new year might be a good time to introduce your tweens and young teens to these highly creative and, well, yes, odd family members.
LEAVING THE BELLWEATHERS by Kirstin Clark Venuti.
This weird family is composed of triplets, two teenagers, a pet albino alligator, and parents who believe in giving children full rein over their own intellectual pursuits. Who cleans up the inevitable messes? The put-upon butler tells this tale of plot and planning as he anticipates his release from a rather unusual term of employment which actually began 200 years ago. It's OK to turn your middle grade reader loose with these quirky characters. No parental restrictions needed. This book is pure fun. Unless you are the Bellweather butler.