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Book Review: Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

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Librarian: Lindsay Grattan, Fletcher Memorial Library

Book: Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

Age range: 8 and up

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Grattan's summary: It's the summer of 1964 in Hanging Moss, Miss. For Gloriana June Hemphill, better known as Glory, summer is all about backyard baseball games with her best friend, Frankie; reading Nancy Drew books; playing junk poker with her older sister, Jesslyn; and spending time at the Hanging Moss Community Pool, where she plans to hold her 12th birthday party on the Fourth of July.

This year, though, everyone else has other concerns.

When Glory learns that the segregated pool is at the center of a fierce debate, her summer becomes a mission to open the minds and hearts of the people in her racially divided town.

Why you'll like it: Glory Be captures the simple pleasures of summer through a child's eyes, while reminding us that there comes a time in everyone's life when things get a bit more complicated. Glory is an empowering character who will make young readers feel like they can do anything. This wonderful work of historical fiction has been nominated for a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award and is a must-have for schools and libraries.

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