Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Fitzgerald-Trouts Series #3)

Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Fitzgerald-Trouts Series #3)

Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Fitzgerald-Trouts Series #3)

Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts (Fitzgerald-Trouts Series #3)



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The third book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding.

The plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings (who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless but the kids can drive) are back! After losing the boat that had become their home, oldest Fitzgerald-Trout, Kim, has put finding a home back on her to-do list. When her sixth-grade history assignment offers a clue about the ruins of a volcanic house built by an explorer on Mount Muldoon, she and her siblings set out to find it.
     The castle they discover surpasses their wildest dreams. But having a permanent home offers more challenges than the Fitzgerald-Trouts expect, especially when they begin to suspect their home is haunted. The siblings must figure out how to fix the cracks in their family foundation before one of them is lost for good.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735264526
Publisher: Tundra
Publication date: 06/04/2019
Series: Fitzgerald-Trouts Series , #3
Sold by: Random House
Format: eBook
Pages: 256
Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
File size: 32 MB
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Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

ESTA SPALDING is the author of two books for young readers -- Look Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts, which was shortlisted for both the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award and the BC Red Cedar Award, and Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts -- as well as several novels and poetry books for adults. She is a full-time television writer who wrote for HBO's Masters of Sex, and has garnered many screenwriting awards. When she's not writing, she kayaks, bakes, and assembles whale skeletons with her husband, a marine biologist. She lives in California with her family.

LEE GATLIN has been drawing as long as he can remember. Born and raised in south Alabama, he is an illustrator and cartoonist based in the Mississippi Delta. He is the illustrator of the forthcoming Monster School by Kate Coombs (August 2018, Chronicle). You can find his weekly cartoons in Athens, Georgia's Flagpole Magazine, and more of his work at or

Read an Excerpt

We had had a swim and we had eaten ginker cake and we were sitting on the rocks beside the Fitzgerald-Trout siblings’ favorite fishing stream when they began to tell me their story. Kim, the oldest, spoke first. “Kimo and I think what happened to us should be called ‘The Family Calamity,’” she said.
Family because it had happened to the five of us,” Kimo chimed in. “And calamity because that’s a word for when things go really wrong.”
“Did things really go that wrong?” I asked.
The childrens’ five sets of eyes in their five brown faces looked at me like my question was absurd.
“Um, yes,” said Kim in a voice that exposed just how hard she and her siblings found it trying to make a grown-up understand anything important. “We’re only telling you this because we want to make sure that what happened to us doesn’t happen to any other family, ever.”
“Write that part down,” said Toby, the youngest boy, pointing to my notebook. He was holding his baby sister, Penny, in his lap and she seemed to be nodding in agreement.
I was about to put pen to paper when Pippa added, “You should put the word monster in the name too, because a monster was definitely part of the problem.”
“Yeah. Plus, it sounds way cooler.” Toby grinned at his sister.
“Okay,” I said. “‘The Family Monster Calamity.’” I wrote it in big letters at the top of the first page of my notebook. “Tell me how it started.”
That’s when they all began to talk at once. Kimo said something about their boat being taken and Kim said, “It was all the secrets.” I couldn’t make out what Toby or Pippa were saying, but it didn’t matter because as soon as the baby spoke, they all stopped talking.
“What did Penny say?” I asked them.
The baby herself answered, saying, “Wimo.”
“She’s talking about the limousine,” Toby explained. He looked more than a little sheepish.
Kim stared at me gravely. “Penny’s right. The limo was the first secret between us.”
Pippa wiped her glasses on her T-shirt and said matter-of-factly, “The limo, yes, the limo. That’s where you should start our story.”

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