Written by Augusta Scattergood
Published by Scholastic Press, 2012
Format: Fiction; Print book; 22 cm
202 Pages ~ Ages 8-12
It’s the summer of her twelfth birthday, and Gloriana June Hemphill (Glory) is only focused on one thing – her annual Fourth of July birthday celebration. Only her celebration is halted by the closing of the community pool. As Glory spends her summer days at the library helping to prepare for the annual celebration, she makes the acquaintance of a young girl from the North. The new friendship causes a rift between Glory and her best friend, Frankie, and she realizes not everyone in her town is open to new relationships and change.
Glory Be was an interesting read in terms of how youth realize who their true friends are. While it shows some naïveté, an important lesson readers learn with Glory, is that not everyone you call your friend can be trusted. It also teaches the importance of trust, keeping secrets, and treating people fairly. I appreciate the lessons young readers learn in this book, however, there are moments where it becomes a tad bit boring because of its predictability. The author doesn’t do a great job at leaving things to the reader’s imagination or creating an element of surprise. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
- has themes youth can relate to
- well-written in terms of language for youth
- lacks imagery
Fifth through seventh grade social studies teachers could use this as a companion to the study of a historical time period, specifically the Civil Rights Movement. The novel allows students to experience that time period through the characters and helps them to utilize critical thinking skills when met with questions about that time.
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles (similar theme of acceptance and historical events in the setting)
- Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (similar family dynamic – single parent household, father/preacher)
- SCBWI Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards for Southeast (2013)