Sunday, October 31, 2010

Rocky Road - Rose Kent

Publisher:  Alfred A. Knopf
Pages:  304
Source:  Review copy from The Picnic Basket
Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

I was able to identify with Tess so much.  I have a sister and niece both with bi-polar disorder.  For a short time my sister and her children lived with me.  One minute my sister would be fine and the next she wasn't.  The roller coaster ride was horrible.  I felt so sorry for Tess and Jordan as they were drug along on their mother's ride.  This book showed there was hope out there.  So often these kinds of stories make you feel like all is lost.  When Tess's mom decides to move them to New York from Texas, Tess is afraid this is another bad idea that will take off and then one bad day all will fall apart.  However, Tess learns that friends can be very powerful and all is not lost.  I really enjoyed this and can't wait to put it on my shelves for my students.  I know they will enjoy it as much as I did.
(The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of the other panalists)

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