Glory Be by Augusta ScattergoodGlory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Glory Be

byAugusta Scattergood

Paperback | December 30, 2014

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A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool.

As much as Gloriana June Hemphill, or Glory as everyone knows her, wants to turn twelve, there are times when Glory wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Jesslyn, her sister and former confidante, no longer has the time of day for her now that she'll be entering high school. Then there's her best friend, Frankie. Things have always been so easy with Frankie, and now suddenly they aren't. Maybe it's the new girl from the North that's got everyone out of sorts. Or maybe it's the debate about whether or not the town should keep the segregated public pool open.

Augusta Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy.

Former librarian and children's book reviewer AUGUSTA SCATTERGOOD has devoted her life and career to getting books into the hands of young readers. Her reviews and articles have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Delta Magazine, the St. Petersburg Times, and other publications. Additionally, Augusta is an avid blogger. Please v...
Title:Glory BeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.55 × 5.26 × 0.48 inPublished:December 30, 2014Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545331811

ISBN - 13:9780545331814


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Coming of Age During US Segregation Reason for Reading: I enjoy children's historical fiction set during the civil rights movement. A quiet, coming of age story about the summer a white girl, daughter of a preacher, turns twelve amidst the turmoil of the civil rights movement coming to her small rural Mississippi town. While the main plot issue deals with the problems caused by certain town folks who are adamantly against the new segregation laws being put into practice in their town, the real focus of the story is Glory and her relationship with various people and her becoming aware of these issues around her. It is a story of sisters, as she and her sister, who is in high school now, drift apart and yet start a new kind of relationship. It is also a story of friends as Glory becomes distant from her best friend from childhood and draws close to a newcomer from the North. The issues are handled very well and seen through the eyes of a child just developing into an awareness of life around her. Glory is an easy character to identify with, though some of the other characters weren't fully developed. This is a quiet story with small events happening and leading up to the climax but without any real action except one scene where a boy is beat up. Probably most suited to girls, an enjoyable quick read full of typical southern storytelling.
Date published: 2012-03-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise and Accolades for GLORY BEA NPR â??Backseat Book Clubâ? selectionFeatured on NPR's â??Weekend Editionâ?with Scott Simon A Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee"There's a whiff of Carson McCullers in Augusta Scattergood's story of a sultry Southern summer long ago when the outside world moved all the markers of Glorianna Hemphill's growing up. It's a summer of bigotry and behive hairdoos, of sit-ins and dangerous boys. All mixed together and beautifully recalled."--Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A YEAR DOWN YONDER"GLORY BE is a lovely debut novel for younger readers, akin to Kathryn Stockett's THE HELP--an important read that raises powerful racial issues of the 1960s American South."--Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winning author of MOCKINGBIRDGLORY BE weaves a seamless story of sisterly love, broken friendships, and the strength that it takes to stand up for the right thing. Augusta Scattergood is at the top of my debut-authors-to-watch list."--Barbara O'Connor, Parents' Choice Award-winning author of HOW TO STEAL A DOG"In Glory herself, tilting on the threshold of adolescence, Scattergood paints a balanced portrait of childlike selfinterest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at Americaâ??s struggle for civil rights, as seen through the narrow lens of one growing girl, will spark interesting discussion."--BOOKLIST"This debut offers a vivid glimpse of the 1960s South through the eyes of a spirited girl who takes a stand."--KIRKUS REVIEWS"Scattergood's effective snapshot of the fight against segregation, one town at a time, makes personal the tumultuous atmosphere of the times."--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"Glory is an appealing, authentic character whose unflinching convictions, missteps, and reflections will captivate readers."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL