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.
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 neilaglet.tumblr.com or leegatlin.com.
PRAISE FOR Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts:
“[A]n extravagant caper complete with resilient characters and exciting adventure." --Highly Recommended, CM Magazine
“Spalding has a keen eye for the major pleasures of life, such as mud, limousine, giraffes, world records, and molding cheese wax into big read lips. A new illustrator for this entry gives us a fresh take on the spirited Fitzgerald-Trouts, their wackily diverse community of friends, and their inviting tropical-island home.” --The Horn Book