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Rose Kent

Dear Librarian:

Did you know that rocky road ice cream was created during the Great Depression just so folks would have something to smile about?

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 bet you see kids in your library who also live rocky road lives. I wrote ROCKY ROAD for these kids. My first book, KIMCHI & CALAMARI, celebrates food. ROCKY ROAD continues with ice cream, recipes included!

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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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