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Author: Augusta Scattergood Narrator: Cassandra Morris Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9780545788809
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There’s a whiff of Carson McCullers in Augusta Scattergood’s story of a sultry Southern summer long ago when the outside world moved all the markers of Glorianna Hemphill’s growing up. It’s a summer of bigotry and behive hairdoos, of sit-ins and dangerous boys, all mixed together and beautifully recalled.”

    Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder

  • “A lovely debut novel for younger readers, akin to Kathryn Stockett’s The Help—an important read that raises powerful racial issues of the 1960s American South.”

    Kathryn Erskine, National Book Award-winning author of Mockingbird

  • Glory Be weaves a seamless story of sisterly love, broken friendships, and the strength that it takes to stand up for the right thing. Augusta Scattergood is at the top of my debut-authors-to-watch list.”

    Barbara O’Connor, Parents’ Choice Award-winning author of How to Steal a Dog

  • “In Glory herself, tilting on the threshold of adolescence, Scattergood paints a balanced portrait of childlike self-interest and awakening integrity. This moving, intimate look at America’s struggle for civil rights, as seen through the narrow lens of one growing girl, will spark interesting discussion.”


  • “Scattergood’s effective snapshot of the fight against segregation, one town at a time, makes personal the tumultuous atmosphere of the times.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Glory is an appealing, authentic character whose unflinching convictions, missteps, and reflections will captivate readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “When she’s not saving the world, reading Nancy Drew or eating Dreamsicles, Glory shares the heartache of being the kid sister of a preoccupied teenager, friendship gone awry, and the terrible cost of blabbing people’s secrets… mostly in a humorously sassy first-person voice…A vivid glimpse of the 1960s South through the eyes of a spirited girl who takes a stand.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Cassandra Morris’ youthful voice is perfect for spunky Gloriana…In a slight Southern accent, Morris makes Glory sound believably indignant when her sister chooses her cosmetics over a game of ‘junk’ poker. Morris also captures Glory’s mixed emotions as she looks back on her decision to share secrets. Supporting characters, especially thoughtful housekeeper Emma and spiteful Mrs. Simpson, are memorable, with Morris’ portrayals adding to the story’s verisimilitude. An afterword by the author completes the production.”


  • An NPR Pick for Backseat Book Club
  • Winner of the Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Finalist for the Texas Bluebonnet Award

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About the Author

Augusta Scattergood grew up in a small town in Mississippi. She is a former school librarian, a current book reviewer, and an avid blogger. She has devoted her life and career to getting books into the hands of young readers. Glory Be, her debut novel, received the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for her region.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Morris has received critical acclaim for her voice-over work from Publishers Weekly and AudioFile magazine, earning a dozen Earphones Awards and twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. Her voice has also been heard on television in commercial campaigns and numerous Nickelodeon and Disney products. She is the voice of many cartoon characters, including Leo and Luna in Yu-Gi-Oh, Carrie in Barbie: A Fairy Secret, Nathan in Pokémon, and Lola in Angelo Rules.