In-Person Author Event with Kerry O'Malley Cerra


Come and join us as we host author Kerry O'Malley Cerra at Writer's Block Bookstore in Winter Park to celebrate on her new release in paperback, Hear Me!

Cerra's event is free for all to attend. However, the purchased ticket comes with a paperback copy of Hear Me!

While this event is free to attend, a copy of Hear Me from Writer's Block Bookstore is required to get in the signing line. Additional paperback copies of Hear Me will be available for purchase at the event.


A sensitive and authentic portrayal of a girl experiencing progressive hearing loss, written by an author with progressive hearing loss

A year after being diagnosed with hearing loss, twelve-year-old Rayne is doing her best to live a “normal” life and act like nothing has changed.

But her hearing keeps failing her. Even with hearing aids, she has trouble following conversations and hanging out with her friends the way she used to. Her grades are slipping, surfing is now a wipeout, and she can’t understand the lyrics of her favorite singer’s new songs. Rayne’s parents are pushing for her to get cochlear implants, which could restore her hearing—though she would hear sounds differently than she did before her hearing loss.

Rayne isn't convinced the surgery for CIs is worth the risks and challenges. In fact, she's terrified of it. She begs her parents to consider other options, but they're not budging.

With the surgery looming, Rayne sets off on a search for alternatives. Along the way, she discovers that “normal” can have many meanings—and that even though her ears may be broken, she is not.


Kerry O'Malley Cerra is the author of the award-winning middle-grade novel Just a Drop of Water. She holds a degree in social science education and currently works as a high school media specialist. She spends her days enveloped by books and students and spends her nights writing by the glow of her computer. Though she'll always consider South Jersey/Philly her home, she currently lives in Florida with her family and two poorly behaved rescue dogs. Be sure to pop over to and say hi!


"Asterisks replace unheard words of dialogue in this moving middle grade novel, based on the author's own life, that follows an adolescent girl's struggle with both progressive hearing loss and her parents' insistence that she get cochlear implants."—The New York Times Book Review

"Rayne is a likable protagonist, and readers will root for her. An interesting story of a particular deaf experience."—Kirkus Reviews


Event date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2024 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
316 N. Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Hear Me By Kerry O'Malley Cerra Cover Image
ISBN: 9798765626924
Availability: Available for Immediate Order
Published: Carolrhoda Books (R) - January 2nd, 2024

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