Today we have another great book for you guys from Sky Pony Press! It's called Just A Drop of Water and it's written by Kerry O'Malley Cerra. This is a really great book, that tells an amazing story. This book is a little bit "deeper" than most books written for middle grades, but I really like that about it.
Here's a little more about the story:
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. In the end, Jake 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.
This is a really great read for kids. It tells the story of September 11 through a kid's eyes, which is an often overlooked topic. I really loved this story, since Jake is 13 years old in the story, and I was 14 years old when September 11 happened. It was really something I could relate to, and brought up many feelings for me as I was reading it myself. It's really a great story, and brings up a lot of feelings and thoughts for younger kids that might not have been dealt with before. My 11 year old has a lot of questions about 9/11, and this book was really great for him to get a real first hand look at exactly what it was like that day. Overall, a great read for kids that handles some hard topics! You can purchase this book on Amazon, and also make sure to follow Sky Pony Press on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so you don't miss out on any of their exciting titles!