Book review: Look out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding


  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $16.99 US/$18.00 CAN
  • Pages: 256
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4″ x 7-5/8″
  • ISBN-13: 9780316298582
  • On Sale Date: 05/10/2016

Book Description: 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.

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a77b9ac53833054b21144ca95cec1584Meet the author:  Esta Spalding is an a celebrated writer, poet and screenwriter who has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. Among these, she adapted Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life for Lionsgate Films and Jennifer Egan’s novel A Visit from the Goon Squad for Sundance Television.

This novel marks her debut on the children’s literature scene.

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This book brought back so many memories of a story I read as a child.  It was part of a Reader’s Digest Condensed book and was about a family who lived in their car close to a beach.  I never forgot that story.

The Fitzgerald-Trout children are not your typical family set of siblings.  They are all related, in a manner of speaking.  Abandoned by their (many sets of) parents, the four children live together on the beach in a car.  They get up in the morning, brush their teeth, go to school and even go to the laundromat to do their laundry.  Realistic huh?  Not really. But that doesn’t matter because you’re not a grown-up reading this book.  You’re a 10 year old.  And to a 10 year old – this rocks!

A sweet and fun story with a few plot twists to keep you interested right until the very end. I would recommend this sweet story as a bedtime storybook.