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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

The Fitzgerald-Trouts are four barely-related siblings living together in a small car on a lush tropical island. They are wonderfully self-reliant, but they are out-growing their small vehicle, and must band together to find a new home. A quick, delightful, and deeply resonant read, here is a beautifully imagined adventure where children live remarkable, independent lives despite some terrible grown-ups in their midst. These extraordinary siblings offer evidence that kids could get along just fine--they wouldn't even argue much with their siblings--if only grown ups left them alone.

Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts Press Reviews

Readers will root for the spunky youngsters [and] relate to the kids' simple desires for a normal life, complete with goldfish in bowls and room to sleep. --School Library Journal 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 A touch of Everything on a Waffle weirdness; a touch of The Willoughbys sendup; and a warm, genial, wholly original voice. --Horn Book 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: 9780316298582
Publication date: 10th May 2016
Author: Esta Spalding
Illustrator: Sydney Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers an imprint of Little, Brown & Company
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages

About Esta Spalding

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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