GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood

For Gloriana June Hemphill, life in Hanging Moss, Mississippi, is filled with doodlebugs, iced tea, and fireworks on her birthday, the 4th 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 is the new girl from the North----with her black socks and clunky sandals----that's got everyone out of sorts.  Or maybe its the debate about whether or not to keep the town's segregated pool open.  It seems the answers to Glory's questions about the pool keep changing.  Now she has to summon the courage to find out what is true and who is lying.

In the meantime, Glory's older sister, Jesslyn, is growing up, and she no longer wants to spend time with Glory.  Jesslyn only wants to spend time with her new boyfriend, Robbie.  And Glory's best friend, Frankie, is angry with Glory.  And Yankee Freedom workers are in town this summer, unsettling the residents of Hanging Moss.

The summer of 1964 is not at all like Glory expected it to be.  What else can happen?

 

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