Cover Reveal: The Inside Battle by Melanie Sumrow


About Melanie Sumrow

Melanie Sumrow received her undergraduate degree in religious studies and has maintained a longtime interest in studying social issues. Before becoming a writer, she worked as a lawyer for more than sixteen years, with many of her cases involving children and teens. Her first novel, The Prophet Calls, was published in November 2018.

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Two major issues inspired me to write The Inside Battle: (1) certain groups trying to normalize racism in the United States and (2) our country’s ongoing disservice to veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As I researched and wrote this book, I was reminded that opportunities exist to speak up and call out those who aren’t using their privilege for the betterment of humanity as a whole.

My hope is that this book inspires people to speak up for what is right, even when it is hard, and encourage others to do the same. Children need to know their voices matter, including the voices of people who aren’t like them. Adults should listen to these young people. Their wisdom and integrity are both refreshing and necessary.

The cover for The Inside Battle was a true collaboration between the artist, the designer, my editor and me. I think it perfectly captures the battle between a boy and his father, the actual battle surrounding them and the quieter, and arguably more destructive battle happening inside them. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Cover design by David DeWitt, Cover art by Daniel Zender

Title The Inside Battle
Author Melanie Sumrow
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade (Ages 12 and up)
Publication Date November 5 2019 by Yellow Jacket
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Thirteen-year-old Rebel Mercer lives in west Texas with his dad, Nathan, and his aunt Birdie. His dad is finally home after serving in the military, and Rebel longs for his approval. But something isn’t right. His dad has PTSD, and lately he has been spending his time communicating with a racist, anti-government militia group called the Flag Bearers. Rebel doesn’t agree with his dad’s newfound ideas, but he turns a blind a eye to them. So when his best friend Ajeet beats Rebel at a robotics tournament by using one of Rebel’s pieces, Rebel begins to wonder if there’s some truth to what his dad has been saying, and he lashes out at Ajeet.

Expelled from school, Rebel’s dad takes him to the mountains of Oklahoma, where they meet up with the Flag Bearers. Soon his dad is engulfed in the group and its activities, and they’re becoming more and more dangerous. When Rebel gets wind of a planned attack on an African American church, he knows that this group has gone too far and innocent people could get hurt. Can Rebel find his voice and stop the Flag Bearers from carrying out their plans before it’s too late?

The Inside Battle is a gripping story of family, bravery, and speaking up for what’s right from author Melanie Sumrow.

2 responses to “Cover Reveal: The Inside Battle by Melanie Sumrow”

  1. This cover is gorgeous! It’s not what I was expecting from reading the title of the story but it blew me away. Thanks for sharing Jen!
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  2. I think this cover will really stand out on the shelves, as this compelling story will, as well!

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