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Kimchi & Calamari

By Rose Kent
2007, 220 pages, Hardback.
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Kimchi and calamari. It sounds like a quirky food fusion of Korean and Italian cuisine, and it's exactly how Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldn't an adopted Korean drummer—comic book junkie feel like a combo platter given:
(1) his face in the mirror
(2) his proud Italian family.

And now Joseph has to write an essay about his ancestors for social studies. All he knows is that his birth family shipped his diapered butt on a plane to the USA. End of story. But what he writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that Joseph never could have imagined.

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Comments from Back Cover

"Rose Kent, a major new writer, made me fall in love with Joseph as soon as I met him in the first chapter. I know you'll hold your breath as I did, hoping he'll find what he needs and his true place in that warm Calderaro family."
-Patricia Reilly Giff, winner of the Newberry Honor for Pictures of Hollis Woods and Lily's Crossing

"Believable kids, common problems, real solutions-and fun to read."
-Carol Chittenden, Eight Cousins Children's Books

"Rose Kent has done a superb job capturing the voice of a fourteen-year-old boy coming to terms with his identity. Hilarious and poignant, Kimchi & Calamari is both delicious and satisfying."
-Grace Lin, author of The Year of the Dog

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Background on Rose Kent

Rose Kent turned to kids for help in writing this novel—her own kids, since all four have Korean heritage and two are adopted. She and her family live in Niskayuna, New York, where they have frequent flyer points at Korean restaurants and Italian bakeries. This is her first novel.

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