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Rose Kent

Rose is the author of Kimchi and Calamari (HarperCollins, Spring 2007) - ISBN: 0-06-083769-1


Rose Kent views books as messages. Messages in bottles that are flung out into life’s waters and discovered by those with the same belief: that we read to remind us that we’re not alone. And that books connect us across the boundaries of time, culture, geography — and even reality.

A Navy veteran and former Fortune 500 company manager, she lives near Albany, New York with her husband and blended tribe of six children. Kimchi and Calamari (middle-grade, HarperCollins Publishers, Spring 2007), her first “message,” was inspired by her Korean adopted children and her part-Korean biological children, as well as the many adoptees she’s had the privilege to meet.

Rose is finishing her second novel, Rocky Road, focused on another subject dear to her heart: ice cream. When she is not revising, she is frequenting ice cream shops for the selfless purpose of research.

Book: Kimchi and Calamari
Kimchi and calamari is a quirky food fusion — and exactly how fourteen-year-old Joseph Calderaro feels about himself. Why wouldn’t an adopted Korean drummer feel like a combo platter given (1) his face in the mirror and (2) his proud Italian family? Now Joseph has to write an ancestry essay for school. But all he knows is that his birth family put his diapered butt on a plane to the USA.

What Joseph does leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes — and self-discovery that he never could have imagined.

Book Info:

  • ISBN (Hardcover): 0-06-083769-1
  • ISBN-13 (Hardcover): 978-0-06-083769-3
  • ISBN (Library Binding): 0-06-083770-5
  • ISBN-13 (Library Binding): 978-0-06-083770-9
  • Release date: April 10, 2007
  • Pages: 240


I think that this book will be a great one for my daughter as she gets older and wonders about her own heritage and tries to figure out who she is. I don’t know of another book for middle grade kids that approaches adoption and birth family searches in such an authentic, yet age-appropriate way…

Kimchi and Calamari