Here’s a little bit about Glory Be from Augusta’s website:
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.
Advance praise for Glory Be:
“Glory Be is 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
Augusta will be at Inkwood Books in Tampa this Thursday, January 5 at 6:00pm to launch Glory Be. Be sure to stop in and show your support if you’re in the area!