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Rose Kent

Dear Reader:

Rocky road is Tess Dobson's favorite ice cream. It also describes what life has served up, between her family's money troubles and Ma's mood illness that leaves her in bed for days. Then Ma uproots the family to snowy upstate NY, to buy an ice cream shop with the last of their savings. How will they survive?

I get letters & emails from kids who share their struggles. Divorce, recession woes & mental health challenges are taking their toll on families. Yet many kids press on with a hopeful smile. I wrote ROCKY ROAD for them. My first book, KIMCHI & CALAMARI, celebrates food. This one continues with ice cream!

What does your favorite ice cream flavor says about you? Email your answer via www.RoseKent.com. Randomly chosen winners win a Ben & Jerry's ice cream coupon and an autographed copy of ROCKY ROAD!

Peace, books and ice cream,
Rose Kent



"As [they] say, "Ice cream warms the heart...," and so will this book." School Library Journal

"Readers with their own family challenges may find it heartening to see Tess handle hers by building a diverse, supportive, multigenerational community around her.... a hopeful family story from the author of Kimchi and Calamari." - Booklist


Rocky Road / Rose Kent / Knopf Books for Young Readers

Price: $16.99 / ISBN: 978-0375863448 / Published: June, 2010

Ages 9-12 / Middle-grade fiction

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