Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep. He announces he is here to stay to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken.
In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum and love of cricket. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.
Sparkling with humour, this insightful and compassionate story is the latest from the award-winning author of Orbiting Jupiter.
"Schmidt effortlessly fuses humor and tragedy"
"Wonderfully impressive and layered"
"A rich and nuanced middle grade novel that will appeal to readers who feel a little on the outskirts"
His engaging narrative leads readers through a broad range of emotions in this beautifully written, often amusing, and ultimately moving novel"
"Schmidt fuses pathos and humor in this adroitly layered novel"