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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (44 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sid Hite Narrator: Patrick Lawlo Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Lewis lives in the small town of Slippery Falls, Idaho, where for some time he has dreamed of catching an enormous trout that lives in a small pool behind a waterfall. But on Lewis’ sixteenth birthday, his adoptive parents hand him a letter that his real mother left with him in his baby basket. Lewis is shocked to discover that he is French and seemingly linked to French royalty.

For Lewis, now unsure of his origin, fishing for the trout becomes a quest to discover who he really is. Just as he is about to nab his fish, he accidentally falls into the water and nearly dies.

The King of Slippery Falls is a touching and good-hearted novel about the search for self and the power of belief.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lawlor provides an excellent reading of the tale, coming across with a solid, clear middle-American voice that fits the story perfectly.”


  • “Hite’s rich language is rewardingly easy to follow...A solid, humorously enjoyable blend of fact and fish story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Hite offers a most unusual fish story with much to say about friends and community…A likable protagonist, a mystery, a romance…and a boy intent on life well-lived are the elements sure to hook many readers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The search for identity and purpose in life is poignantly presented in this sweet, feel-good little story…Lawlor has the perfect voice to read this, as he exudes youth, innocence, and earnestness.”


  • “The tone of this book is unique; it reads like a fairy tale in some parts, yet it is always grounded in reality. A truly refreshing look at adoption and how it affects children.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sarah | 10/31/2013

    " While on a single-minded quest to catch an elusive giant trout, sixteen-year-old Lewis Hinton's life in a small Idaho town is turned upside-down when he learns that he is adopted and might be a descendent of French royalty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kerry | 3/27/2013

    " An interesting and short tale about what it means to know yourself through the eyes of a 15/16 year old boy who recently finds out he is adopted. It was a quick listen over a weekend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 6/28/2012

    " Good story with a nice boy as main character, lots of interesting sub-characters, has a good message. Listened to the audiobook. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryleigh Verano | 4/12/2011

    " This book is really amazing and had that element needed in a young-adult fiction novel... I also love how history, fantasy and romance are all combined in the story.. :D "

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About the Author
Author Sid Hite

Sid Hite was named a Publishers Weekly “Flying Start” for his first book, Dither Farm. His nine subsequent novels have garnered extraordinary acclaim, including Stick and Whittle, which School Library Journal called “a treasure,” and A Hole in the World, hailed by Smithsonian magazine as “a masterpiece.” He lives in a converted church near the banks of the Hudson River in New York state.