Glory Be (Hardcover)

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Staff Reviews

Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, Glory Be is a wonderful, touching novel about the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of the young protagonist, Glory. When tempers flare over the small town's segregated swimming pool, Glory learns the hard way that sometimes doing the right thing isn't easy. This is a beautiful story with great characters and important messages about friendship, family, and fairness. --Kaley


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.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0545331803
ISBN-13: 9780545331807
Published: Scholastic Press, 01/01/2012
Pages: 208
Language: English
Recommended Reading Level Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Age: 12
Minimum Grade Level: 3rd Grade
Maximum Grade Level: 7th Grade