Kimchi & Calamari (Paperback)
There are worse things in the world than being adopted. But right now Joseph can't think of one.
Joseph Calderaro has a serious problem. His social studies teacher has given him an impossible assignment: an essay about ancestors. Ancestors, as in dead people you're related to.
Joseph was adopted, but the only sure thing he knows about his birth family is that they shipped his diapered butt on a plane from Korea and he landed in New Jersey. How do you write about a family you've never known and at the same time manage all the other hassles that middle school mixes in the pot? What Joseph writes leads to a catastrophe messier than a table of shattered dishes—and self-discovery that will change his life recipe forever. . . .
About the Author
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.
“This will have special appeal for adoptees, but the questions about family roots that Kent raises are universal.” — Booklist
“Joseph makes a funny, engaging tour guide to the world of transcultural adoption.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Kent has done an excellent job...touching, and also funny.” — School Library Journal