For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Muss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs,, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the Fourth of July. But the summer of 1964 is different. Glory Be, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn back the clock a year. Maybe it's the new girl from the North-- with her black socks and clodhopper sandals-- 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. It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool keep changing. Now she's got to summon the courage to find out what's really true and who's lying.
"Glory Be is a lovely debut novel for younger readers, akin to Kathryn Stockett's The Help --- an important read that raises powerful racial of the 1960s American South." --- Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winning author of Mockingbird
About the Author
Augusta Scattergood is a former school librarian, a book reviewer and blogger. GLORY BE, her debut novel, was named one of Amazon's Top Twenty Middle School books for 2012 and received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for her region. A second novel, THE WAY TO STAY IN DESTINY, set in Florida and told by a baseball-loving, piano-playing boy named Theo, was published by Scholastic in January, 2015 and was starred on Bank Street's list of Best Books of the Year. Her newest middle-grade novel, MAKING FRIENDS WITH BILLY WONG, also historical fiction, is set in the Deep South at the cusp of the civil rights movement.
- Format: Paperback, 202 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-13: 9780545331814