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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.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on January 1, 2012 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 0545331803
ISBN-13: 9780545331807
9 Book Reviews
  • applemango
    applemangoSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 4:01 pm55 stars
    Glory is living in Hanging Moss in the year of 1964. Glory is best friends with Frankie. However Laura comes to Hanging Moss and things are changing. Not just small things but a change in the world. First, the pool gets closed by the town council. Glory is really worried about her birthday. She holds it at the pool practically as long as she can remember! What’s more is her older sister, Jesslyn, thinks more about her friends and doesn’t want to hang out with Glory anymore. People with color and people without are treated differently, and freedom people, people who believe everyone are equal are also treated unfairly. Glory begins to drift from Frankie because he and his brother are part of treating “colored” people unjustly, even pulling false statements about them! Glory learns to speak out about the issue and she thinks everyone is equal. She even writes a letter to the newspapers. She also encounters many other experiences...as in snooping what her sister is doing with a strange boy…
    • lilliankor
      lilliankorMonday, November 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm
      glory be. about a young girl named glory. the book reminds me a whole lot about this memorial party i want to in the past. it takes place in the 1960's when blacks where not treated equally.
      • purplepenbook88
        purplepenbook88Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:42 am
        Do you like historical fiction? If so, then you should read Glory Be. It is about an eleven-year-old named Glorianna June Hemphill. She lives in Hanging Moss, Mississippi. She has a passion for swimming in the community pool, and one day her friend Frankie and her see that the pool is closed, and her birthday is right around the corner. That means she might have to find somewhere else to have her birthday! If you want to find out the rest, go read Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.
        • DancerFriday, October 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm
          I read this book for my reading club!!
          • carol3536
            carol3536Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm
            it is really good
            • edmodo-ue3gerrd6k
              edmodo-ue3gerrd6kWednesday, June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am55 stars
              Do you like historical fiction?If you do, read Glory Be. If you are in Texas, you have another advantage. It's a 2013-2014 bluebonnet nominee book. Glory be is about an eleven year old girl who lives in Hanging Moss, Mississppi. Her name is Glorina. She loves to swim in the community pool. One day, the town council announces the community pool will be closed. Will the community pool open again or will it be closed forever? Read Glory Be by Augusta Shattergood to find out!
              • ebz530
                ebz530Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:35 pm33 stars
                Great story for girls who understand crushes, boyfriends, and pestering sisters. also a good book about human rights.
                • iconicdreams
                  iconicdreamsMonday, January 7, 2013 at 12:54 pm55 stars
                  its a story of standing up for right in the city where she lives keeping her sisters secret and just having a good time
                  • lexyheart
                    lexyheartSaturday, July 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm33 stars
                    You'll love this book about a girl and black people. It really inspired me.