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Rocky Road

by Rose Kent

Random House Children's Books | March 13, 2012 | Trade Paperback

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Ice cream warms the heart, no matter what the weather.
That''s the Dobson family motto. Whenever things get tough, they break out the special heart-shaped bowls and make sundaes. The road has been especially rocky lately for Tess and her deaf little brother, Jordan. Their plucky Texan mother talks big, but her get-rich-quick business schemes have only landed them in serious financial hot water.
Ma''s newest idea is drastic. She abruptly moves the family to snowy Schenectady, New York, where she will use the last of their savings to open her dream business: an ice cream shop. (Too bad the only place she could find an apartment is in a senior citizens'' complex.) Tess wants to be excited about this plan, but life in Schenectady is full of new worries. Who will buy ice cream in their shop''s run-down neighborhood? What will happen when their money runs out? Worst of all is Ma herself-she''s famous for her boundless energy and grandiose ideas, but only Tess and Jordan know about the dark days when she crashes and can''t get out of bed. And Tess can''t seem to find the right words to talk to Ma about it.
This moving story of family, community, and ice cream proves that with a little help from the people around us, life really can be sweet-and a little nutty-just like Rocky Road.


From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.02 × 2.13 × 0.26 in

Published: March 13, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375863451

ISBN - 13: 9780375863455

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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Rocky Road

by Rose Kent

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.02 × 2.13 × 0.26 in

Published: March 13, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375863451

ISBN - 13: 9780375863455

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Ice cream warms the heart, no matter what the weather.
That''s the Dobson family motto. Whenever things get tough, they break out the special heart-shaped bowls and make sundaes. The road has been especially rocky lately for Tess and her deaf little brother, Jordan. Their plucky Texan mother talks big, but her get-rich-quick business schemes have only landed them in serious financial hot water.
Ma''s newest idea is drastic. She abruptly moves the family to snowy Schenectady, New York, where she will use the last of their savings to open her dream business: an ice cream shop. (Too bad the only place she could find an apartment is in a senior citizens'' complex.) Tess wants to be excited about this plan, but life in Schenectady is full of new worries. Who will buy ice cream in their shop''s run-down neighborhood? What will happen when their money runs out? Worst of all is Ma herself-she''s famous for her boundless energy and grandiose ideas, but only Tess and Jordan know about the dark days when she crashes and can''t get out of bed. And Tess can''t seem to find the right words to talk to Ma about it.
This moving story of family, community, and ice cream proves that with a little help from the people around us, life really can be sweet-and a little nutty-just like Rocky Road.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Rose Kent, a former naval officer, lives in Niskayuna, New York, just east of Schenectady, with her husband and children in a house with a dozen ice cream scoopers. She is an ardent believer in the redemptive power of a sundae.

Her first book, Kimchi & Calamari, was nominated for several state library awards. Visit her at www.rosekent.com.


From the Hardcover edition.

Appropriate for ages: 8 - 12

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