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Glory Be
by Augusta Scattergood

Overview - A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool. Debut author Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy.  Read more...

 
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Overview
A Mississippi town in 1964 gets riled when tempers flare at the segregated public pool. Debut author Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545331807
  • ISBN-10: 0545331803
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: January 2012
  • Page Count: 202
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - 20th Century
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Prejudice & Racism
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Friendship

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

The hot summer of 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss., is the setting for Scattergood’s modest debut, featuring high-spirited Glory, who is looking forward to celebrating her 12th birthday on the Fourth of July with her traditional party at the town pool. But the civil rights movement is sprouting throughout the South, and a group of Freedom Workers has arrived in Hanging Moss, causing consternation among many townspeople and resulting in actions that dismay Glory—like the closing of the segregated pool. Scatter-good divides the characters a little too neatly into the good guys (Glory’s preacher father and her sister, Jesslyn; their loyal housekeeper, Emma; and the town librarian) and the bad guys (the high school football star; his town councilman father; and prejudiced busybody Mrs. Simpson), but she aptly portrays Glory’s emotional confusion as she struggles to understand and cope with the turmoil. Also well done is the changing relationship between Glory and Jesslyn, as well as her roller-coaster friendship with her best buddy, Frankie. Scattergood’s effective snapshot of the fight against segregation, one town at a time, makes personal the tumultuous atmosphere of the times. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)

 
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