Glory Be

Glory Be Review

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.

Title:Glory Be
Edition Language:English

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    Glory Be Reviews

  • Barb Keister

    Read this one following another great read set in the 1960s - Dead End in Norvelt. Great read aloud for 3rd - 4th grade showing the perspective of a child during the civil rights movement. Great atten...

  • Rachel

    It's the summer of Glory's 12th birthday and all she can think about is celebrating with her friends and her older sister at the community pool. Everything changes when the town council unexpectedly c...

  • Jehnie

    If someone unfamiliar with American History asked me for a novel that discussed cultural realities of the Civil Rights movement in the small town, White, United States South I would hand him/her this ...

  • Amy Sherman

    What is there to like?▪ Well-written prose, with a Southern lilt to the (first-person) narration and dialogue.▪ Although it is written from a white perspective, I don't think it's a White People S...

  • Lyra

    I'm going with a 4 on this book, but with a caveat. Glory Be tells the story of the civil rights movement from the point of view of a Southern white 12 year old girl, Glory. She's a great character an...

  • Samuel

    The passage in Glory Be that most helped me make sense of how I felt about it isn't in the body of the novel at all, but rather buried towards the end of the Author's Note that serves as a postscript....

  • Donalyn

    I wanted to like this book more than I did. While the characters and story line were promising, I don't think the writing lived up to my expectations. I'll take it to my students this week and see wha...

  • Cathy

    Good book for 4th to 6th graders who are interested in Freedom Riders and Jim Crow South in 1964....

  • Ms. Yingling

    Glory is looking forward to enjoying the hot Mississippi summer at the pool and is not happy when the pool is closed down for "repairs", especially since the pool seems to be in good shape. When she m...

  • Beth

    A really good glimpse into the Civil Rights era for kids. It's not over simplified either, which I appreciate. Not everything is neatly wrapped up at the end, as it should be if it wants to reflect th...