Esta Spalding


ESTA SPALDING is the supervising producer of the HBO series Masters of Sex, and is writing for the new Amazon series The Last Tycoon. She has garnered awards for her film and television work, as well as for her prose and poetry. When she’s not writing, she kayaks, bakes, and assembles whale skeletons with her husband, a marine biologist. The author lives in Venice, California.


Welcome to the further adventures of the plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings, who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless, but the kids can drive. In this second installment, the delightfully self-reliant siblings continue their search for a home. This time, their pursuit will bring them face-to-face with a flood, illegal carnivorous plants, and the chance to win an extraordinary prize at a carnival. Will they finally find the place they truly belong?

Knock About With The Fitzgerald-Trouts is the much-anticipated second book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding, with illustrations by acclaimed artist Sydney Smith.

Ages: 8 – 12
Grades: 3 – 7


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News and reviews

Knock About With The Fitzgerald Trouts review
Listen to Esta Spalding on the CBC