Kerry O'Malley Cerra & Danielle Joseph

Join us at Scrawl Books on Wednesday, March 13 at 7PM as we welcome Kerry O'Malley Cerra & Danielle Joseph! Kerry and Danielle will be discussing their most recent kids books, Hear Me and Ruth First Never Backed Down.

This event will include ASL interpretation.


Kerry O’Malley Cerra is an award-winning author of middle-grade books. Her first novel, Just a Drop of Water, landed on five state reading lists, won the Crystal Kite Award, a Florida Book Award, and was named to VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction list for 2014. Her second novel, Hear Me, is out now. Stay tuned for her forthcoming book, Make a Little Wave (October 1, 2024 Carolrhoda Books Lerner Publishing) and her debut nonfiction picture book tentatively titled The Gallaudet Eleven: The Story of NASA’s Unheard of Bioastronauts (March 2026 Little Brown Books for Young Readers). Kerry’s work has received praise from Kirkus, School Library Journal, Booklist, VOYA, and the Horn Book Guide calling her stories perceptive, well-developed, and woven with an expert hand. Kerry lives in South Florida with her family and two poorly behaved rescue dogs.

Danielle Joseph is the author of the picture biography book, RUTH FIRST NEVER BACKS DOWN and I WANT TO RIDE THE TAP TAP, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book and CBC Notable Social Studies Book. She is also the author of the middle-grade novel, PJ Library Selection, SYDNEY A. FRANKEL’S SUMMER MIX-UP and three young adult novels SHRINKING VIOLET, INDIGO BLUES and PURE RED. SHRINKING VIOLET was adapted into the Disney Channel movie, RADIO REBEL. Danielle has a BFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Marketing Communications and Advertising, both from Emerson College. She's a former middle school creative writing teacher and has been teaching writing workshops for over fifteen years. Danielle was born in Cape Town, South Africa and currently lives in Maryland with her family. Her next book, The MITZVAH FAIRY debuts Jan. 1, 2025.

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
11911 Freedom Drive
Reston, VA 20190
Hear Me By Kerry O'Malley Cerra Cover Image
ISBN: 9798765626924
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 2nd, 2024

Ruth First Never Backed Down By Danielle Joseph, Gabhor Utomo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Danielle Joseph, Gabhor Utomo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781728460284
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kar-Ben Publishing (R) - November 7th, 2023