Rosie and Skate

Publisher: Ember

“The novel uses the empty storefronts and windy beaches of autumn to explore loss, confusion and love.” —The New York Times Book Review.

It's off-season at the Jersey shore. The boardwalk belongs to the locals—including Rosie and Skate, sisters who are a year apart in age but couldn't be more different. Rosie's fifteen, shy, and waiting for her life to begin. Skate, sixteen, is tougher and knows what she wants. Readers will be totally caught up as the sisters' story plays out within the embrace of their quirky, warmhearted community.

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Rosie

My dad's a nice drunk. There is such a thing. I know how that sounds, but honestly he's a good person. My sister, Skate, is going to give you a different story, but I want you to hear my side too.

Before our dad went to jail three weeks ago, one of his favorite places was the old faded couch on the sun...
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PRAISE FOR

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2009:
"The novel expertly captures the ever-hopeful ache of adolescents longing for love, stability, and certainty."

Starred Review, Booklist, October 1, 2009:
"This is a novel as brisk and refreshing as an ocean breeze."

Review, New York Times Books Review, January 17, 2010:
"In capturing the miscues of first love and shifting family dynamics, Rosie and Skate is as sharp as a splinter on the boardwalk."


From the Hardcover edition.