Friday, December 7, 2012

Author Augusta Scattergood

Augusta Scattergood is an author, a librarian, a book reviewer, and one of the nicest and most hospitable people you'll ever meet. I invited her on Watch. Connect. Read. to finish my sentence starters about Glory Be, school visits, and reading. Thankfully, she said YES!

I wrote the words in red, and Augusta wrote the words in black. Thank you, Augusta! 

Glory Be tells the story I've always wanted to share with kids but never quite knew how to. I hope Glory makes accessible, with a touch of humor, what could have been a somber tale of a swimming pool closing in a racially charged time and place. Historical fiction is right at the top of my favorite genres to read, but I think it must be a story kids not only relate to and learn from, but also enjoy. 

I took Glory Be on the road. 

Historical fiction is (see above!). I'm intrigued with the idea that, for young readers, it's anything that occurred before their lifetime. This seems to be a newish, ongoing debate.
In graduate school, studying for my MLS, I was taught that historical fiction took place at least 50 years before the time it was written. 

Check out Scholastic's booktalk for Glory Be
Whenever I visit a school library, I want to stay a while. Shelve a few books. Chat with the kids. 

The thing I miss the most about being a school librarian is sharing new great books. Poetry Assemblies, Birthday Book celebrations,  Breakfast Chat Club—all those special activities librarians get to experience with their students. Now I mostly read great books and shout about them into cyberspace, hoping somebody's listening. 

Click here to hear the excerpt. 
When a child meets an author a magic connection happens for them both.

Picture books are not just for little kids.

Reading is addictive, absolutely necessary, transporting.

Anita Silvey featured Glory Be on July 30. 
Mr. Schu, you should have asked me about my (thankfully) short career as an Elvis impersonator. Maybe not.

I am giving away one copy of Glory Be

Rules for the Giveaway 

1. It will run from 12/7 to 11:59 p.m. on 12/9. 

2. You must be at least 13. 

3. Please pay it forward. 

Borrow Glory Be from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops


  1. Hi Augusta! My daughter chose Glory Be for her book club pick this month. She is in a club with 5 5th graders who love to read. We LOVED the book. We are meeting this weekend to discuss it together with the club, and then take a field trip to the MLK memorial in DC. Do you have any recommendations for activities to do with the girls in regards to the book? (questions to ask, games to teach tolerance, icebreakers, etc.)?

    Thank you.

    Elaine Reed

  2. Thank you for sharing your daughter's Book Club, Elaine.
    I have a Readers' Theater link on my blog that might be fun for them to do. Very short.

    Scholastic published a list of questions for Book Clubs, here:

    (It's on the "archive" tab if that long link doesn't work.)

    I also have a Pinterest board- picture of Food from the Book! Red velvet cupcakes, pimento cheese, etc.

    What a wonderful field trip. Your daughter and her friends are fortunate to have these experiences. Thanks for including my book. Augusta