What I’m Reading: Glory Be

I just finished up listening to the audio book Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood.

I often read young adult fiction and typically enjoy it.  This book I would actually classify as children’s fiction.  It was a really good listen and I very much enjoyed the book.  I do have to say that in the past couple months I had read a book that was very similar…segregation, closing the public pool, northern “agitators” coming to the south….The two books very similar that I checked to make sure I hadn’t already read the book, but the two books were different…both were good.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, 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.

Amazon readers have not reviewed this book yet so I can’t tell you what they rate this book….me, I’d give 4.2 stars.  It’s so hard to rate children’s literature.  As an adult I would have liked more to the story..as a kid, I’d have been completely happy with the book.  As a mom who read to my kids, I would pick this as a good to have read to them.

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