Glory Be (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

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 visit her at She lives in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Praise For…

Praise and Accolades for Glory Be:
A NPR “Backseat Book Club” selection
Featured on NPR's “Weekend Edition” 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 beehive hairdos, 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 Mockingbird
Glory 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 self-interest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at America’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

Praise for Making Friends with Billy Wong:
“Scattergood paints an honest portrait of two young characters dealing with quick judgments, prejudice, and racism . . . A refreshing novel inspired by real-life Chinese-American communities not often seen in stories.” --Kirkus Reviews
“In a quiet story set in 1952, Scattergood shines a light on a rarely told bit of history . . . Azalea’s narration is interspersed with occasional entries from Billy’s perspective, written in verse, that show his strength of character and desire to succeed, despite facing clear challenges in the segregated South.” --Publishers Weekly
“The characters are finely drawn, and the period elements are smoothly incorporated into the narrative. The author’s extensive research on the time and place comes through in the details.” --School Library Journal

Praise for The Way to Stay in Destiny:
“A well-crafted novel that explores such challenging themes as enduring the impact of war on families, establishing a new life, and understanding what love truly means, this will connect well with middle school readers.” --Booklist
“With an eye and ear for period details and dialogue, Scattergood (Glory Be) builds a cast of memorable, realistically flawed characters in an affecting story about holding on to one’s dreams.” --Publishers Weekly
“A heartwarming story of friendship, family, and finding one’s place in the world despite hardship and heartache.” --School Library Journal

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780545331807
ISBN-10: 0545331803
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 2012
Pages: 208
Language: English