JUST A DROP OF WATER by Kerry O’Malley Cerra Cover Reveal and Giveaway

Kerry O’Malley Cerra’s debut, JUST A DROP OF WATER, sounds gripping. It’s a story that uses 9/11 as a backdrop to the story of two boys and how their friendship is tested in the wake of the event. I’m now thrilled to share with you all the cover for Kerry’s debut, coming from Sky Pony Press this fall. The cover is a beautiful illustration done by the talented Katy Betz. Without further ado, here’s the synopsis! Then, check out the cover and enter to win a signed copy!

Ever since he was little, Jake Green has longed to be a soldier and a hero like his grandpa, who died serving his country. Right now, though, he just wants to outsmart—and outrun—the rival cross country team, the Palmetto Bugs. But then the tragedy of September 11 happens. It’s quickly discovered that one of the hijackers lived nearby, making Jake’s Florida town an FBI hot spot. Two days later, the tragedy becomes even more personal when Jake’s best friend, Sam Madina, is pummeled for being an Arab Muslim by their bully classmate, Bobby.

According to Jake’s personal code of conduct, anyone who beats up your best friend is due for a butt kicking, and so Jake goes after Bobby. But soon after, Sam’s father is detained by the FBI and Jake’s mom doubts the innocence of Sam’s family, forcing Jake to choose between his best friend and his parents. When Jake finds out that Sam’s been keeping secrets, too, he doesn’t know who his allies are anymore. But the final blow comes when his grandpa’s real past is revealed to Jake. Suddenly, everything he ever knew to be true feels like one big lie. In the end, he must decide: either walk away from Sam and the revenge that Bobby has planned, or become the hero he’s always aspired to be.

A gripping and intensely touching debut middle grade novel by Kerry O’Malley Cerra, Just a Drop of Water brings the events of September 11, which shook the world, into the lens of a young boy who is desperately trying to understand the ramifications of this life-altering event.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra’s career as an author began at age five when she wrote her first story using crayons on the back wall of her family’s house. She later graduated with a Social Science Education degree from the University of South Florida—GO BULLS!—and taught high school history. After meeting her most awesome critique pals, she joined SCBWI, helped launch Whatcha’ Reading Now?, got an agent, sold a book, and the rest is history—which is her favorite subject ya’ know!

Her middle-grade novel, Just a Drop of Water, debuts on September 2, 2014 from Sky Pony Press.

And now for the cover! What do you think?

Just a Drop of Water Cover

Thanks to Kerry, I have one SIGNED ARC of JUST A DROP OF WATER for one lucky US winner (will be shipped when available)! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    Kerry O'Malley Cerra

    March 4, 2014

    Hafsah, you are the best!! Thanks so much for hosting this.

    Today’s a happy, HaPpY day! <3

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    Shannon Hitchcock

    March 4, 2014

    I love the colors Katy used on your cover. It makes me want to pick it up and see how the title connects with what I know about the plot. My guess is that one person doing their best can make a difference. Am I even close?

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    Kerry O'Malley Cerra

    March 4, 2014

    Thanks, Shannon.

    Yes, that has something to do with it. :) Mostly, it’s about peace and finding ways to stand up for what you believe in peacefully. And friendship, lots of it!

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    March 4, 2014

    I love how you can see the american flag in the water. Great cover,I’m looking forward to reading this now.

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    Mindy Alyse Weiss

    March 4, 2014

    Wow, congrats Kerry! The cover is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to read Just a Drop of Water when it’s released in September!

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    March 4, 2014

    Oh! It took a second look to see the flag, cool

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    March 4, 2014

    Ahhh the cover is so pretty! It looks like a piece of artwork! I’ll definitely be looking into grabbing my hands on this one when it comes out.

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    Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    March 4, 2014

    I really like the fact that this cover is gender-neutral. It’s always important to me that covers of books don’t isolate groups of readers, so this one manages to be enticing, intriguing, and beautiful all at once. Plus, it sounds like a genuinely interesting novel. I hadn’t heard of it before but thanks for putting it on my radar.

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    March 4, 2014

    I like the cover. This looks interesting. I’m alway surprised there haven’t been more books out like this one especially for YA and younger.

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    Kate Ormand

    March 4, 2014

    Wow. The cover is stunning. The flag is a really beautiful touch. And the colour scheme is just perfect. Congratulations, Kerry. I’m so happy for you!

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    March 4, 2014

    Hi Kerry, we wish you every success possible, your book sounds intriguing and the cover is stunning. Congratulations! The very best always, The Crawford’s….Jim & Kathy

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    March 5, 2014

    Love the cover .Best of luck with your book.

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    March 5, 2014

    I love the colors, and it took me a few seconds to see it, but the American flag in the puddle is a nice touch! This sounds like a thought-provoking, emotional story, can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

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    March 5, 2014

    I love the cover! It is so beautiful.

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    Maureen D'Urso

    March 5, 2014

    It looks like a great cover, and a great read. I’m looking forward to reading it to my students. Best wishes!

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    Patrick McKinley

    March 6, 2014

    Congratulations Kerry on your book. Looks like an interesting read. Having been in the Army during 9/11 and being directly affected by it would probably hit closer to home than I’d like :-P

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    March 8, 2014

    Nice cover

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    Jacinta Corcoran

    March 12, 2014

    I love the cover. It is just so pretty. I really want to read it it sounds amazing.