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.
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…
--A Year of Reading
Sounds great, Rose! Congratulations on your release, I wish you the very best!