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Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

Written by Esta Spalding

Illustrated by Sydney Smith

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts Synopsis

Kim Fitzgerald-Trout took to driving with ease--as most children would if their parents would ever let them try. She had to. After all, she and her siblings live in a car. Meet the Fitzgerald-Trouts, a band of four loosely related children living together in a lush tropical island. They take care of themselves. They sleep in their car, bathe in the ocean, eat fish they catch and fruit they pick, and can drive anywhere they need to go--to the school, the laundromat, or the drive-in. If they put their minds to it, the Fitzgerald-Trouts can do anything. Even, they hope, find a real home. Award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding's exciting middle grade debut establishes a marvelous place where children fend for themselves, and adults only seem to ruin everything. This extraordinary world is brought to vibrant life by Sydney Smith, the celebrated artist behind Sidewalk Flowers.

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts Press Reviews

The Boxcar Children meet Dahl in a Hawaii-like setting here and it's all sorts of fun, with just enough snarkiness to add edge to the charm and wonder. A clever but subtle twist at the end adds even more amusement, and the overall effect is as pleasing as a tropical breeze. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Spalding's playful tone takes the edge off the neglectful parents and dire circumstances, largely thanks to the plucky, self-reliant kids who know (rightly) they are better off on their own. --Booklist Have you ever wanted to live on an island filled with selfish grownups and blood-sucking iguanas hiding in a dark and mysterious forest? Me neither. But the brave and inventive Fitzgerald-Trouts have such fascinating lives that I just might reconsider--as soon as I read this glorious book again, at least twice. I salute thee, Fitzgerald-Trouts! --Lemony Snicket, author of the bestselling series A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions These kids are witty, full of heart and genuinely fun to read about. --The New York Times Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9780316298575
Publication date: 11th April 2017
Author: Esta Spalding
Illustrator: Sydney Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers an imprint of Little, Brown & Company
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 256 pages

About Esta Spalding

Esta Spalding (Author) Esta Spalding is an acclaimed writer, poet and screenwriter who is currently at work adapting Kate Atkinson's novel Life After Life for Lionsgate Films and Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit from the Goon Squad for Sundance Television. She has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. This is her first middle grade novel.

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