Posted in 2014-2015 Club, Not Mock Newbery

Just a Drop of Water, by Kerry O’Malley Cerra

Summary:  Jake and Sam are best friends, but after the attacks on September 11, their friendship is in danger of crumbling as Sam and his family succumb to hatred for being Muslim American.

Sky Pony Publishing



5 thoughts on “Just a Drop of Water, by Kerry O’Malley Cerra

  1. This was maybe the best book I have read so far in the club! I think that everything was perfect, from the characters to the presentation of info. I kept reading this because the plot was so suspenseful and each time I read a chapter I wished that I could read more before I went to bed. I think the plot was probably the best part, with the characters next. I like how the characters al had their own flaws, because some books I read the people have no flaws and that makes them rather boring.
    The whole book was very detailed and a perfect read for anyone interesed in 9/11.

  2. This story starts in 2001, a few days before September 11th. The main character, Jake, has been best friends with Sam ever since they were little. The first few chapters of the book focus on their everyday life, what they do, and how the other characters around them act. Then comes the 11th, and the bully Jake’s school, Bobby, immediately targets Sam, who is Muslim American. Jake defends Sam by fighting Bobby, and he gets in trouble for that. Throughout the book, he has an inner struggle about whether to defend Sam by throwing punches or take his parents’ advice and take a more peaceful approach to the situation. That’s something that Jake grapples with very clearly all the way through the book.
    The best part of this book was definitely the characters. Each was well-defined in their personality and consistent in their behavior. And even though their roles were clear from the first few chapters, not one character was all good or all bad. Yes, there were some very rude and mean characters, but there were reasons that they acted that way. Jake, although he wanted to try to take his parents’ advice and solve his differences with Bobby peacefully, couldn’t stop himself from trying to protect Sam by knocking Bobby out.
    This book is in my Top Seven for the Mock Newbery and I would recommend it to anyone seventh grade and up.

  3. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The character development was excellent. Jake’s struggle to react peacefully instead of violently to those who oppose his friend and his own beliefs are mirroring the struggle we as a nation have in understanding 9/11 and how the USA responded. Should you fight terrorism with violence and more killing? Can peaceful acts stop violence? Can one person make a difference? My understanding of Dust In the Wind has been forever changed

  4. This book was a wonderful historical fiction. The strongest criteria was the setting because the time period had a huge effect on the story and made this book interesting. The setting provided feedback on some of the characters and made many wars. My favorite scene was the grandma’s description of the phrase “Just a Drop of Water.” I have read better because this book focused too much on war and peace. I would recommend Just a Drop of Water for twelve and thirteen year olds.

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