Author inscribed first edition of Glory Be by award-winning author Augusta Scattergood.
Written by Augusta Scattergood. First edition, January 2012. Author inscribed. Scholastic Press.
The author's inscription reads:
"Be one to ask your grandma what it was like when she was twelve!"
Hanging Moss, Mississippi, June 1964
"Last summer, my sister taught me to hold my breath and swim the entire length of the pool underwater. Back then we sat on the same big towel while she painted by toenails pink. Not this summer. This summer Jesslyn is fed up with me. ...
"Even underneath our favorite shade tree, it was so hot you couldn't hardly breathe. But when Jesslyn and her friends started whispering, and words like cute boy and football player and two-piece bathing suit drifted my way, I scooted my towel out from under that tree to get closer. They gossiped about her friend Mary Louise's party and talked about some new boy in town that Jesslyn seemed real interested in The way those girls were studying their fancy-colored toenails, you would've thought they were paintings hanging in a museum.
"When Frankie's brother, J. T. Smith, Mr. Football Hero, showed up, the toenail studying ended. Every single one of Jesslyn's pep squad friends started giggling and carrying on. ..."
"For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the Fourth of July. But the summer of 1964 is different. Glory, as everyone knows her, is eager to turn twelve. There are times, though, when she wishes she could turn back the clock a year. Maybe it's the new girl from the North - with her black socks and clodhopper sandals - 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. It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool keep changing. Now she's got to summon the courage to find out what's really true and who's lying.
"In the tradition of American Southern storytelling, author Augusta Scattergood has drawn on real-life events to create a memorable novel about family, friendship, and choices that aren't always easy."
Augusta Scattergood has also written two other excellent, highly recommended books: Making Friends with Billy Wong and The Way to Stay in Destiny.
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Condition*: Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket: Mild shelf wear. Author inscribed on title page. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete. Ephemera: Bookmark issued by Scholastic at book release.
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