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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Glory Be, as read by some very important people...

This just bowled me over. Flattering, humbling, and amazing quotes from three truly remarkable authors. If I had a personal Most Admired Middle Grade Writers list, these three would be the stars.

My editor just sent me these quotes, which will appear on the back of GLORY BE when it's released in January.
(Pinching myself on a daily basis now...)

“There's a whiff of Carson McCullers in Augusta Scattergood's story of a sultry Southern summer long ago when the outside world moved all the markers of Gloriana Hemphill's growing up.  It's a summer of bigotry and beehive hairdos, of sit-ins and dangerous boys.  All mixed together and beautifully recalled." 
              --Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder

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

(Random, totally unnecessary addendum: One of my favorite things to talk to kids about in my days as school librarian were BLURBS. First of all, they loved the word. But I never thought of TO BLURB as a verb until recently. And in my librarian days, it often meant the summary of the book, what I now think of as flap copy. Now, I have these amazing authors, blurbing my book...   ♡♡♡
 Ah, the things you learn from the other side of the writing fence.)


Lee Stokes Hilton said...

And all surely well deserved. I'm looking forward to MY copy.

Carol Baldwin said...

I know you must be thrilled. Things are moving right along! Thanks for sharing the journey. Carol

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Weren't we talking blurbs just the other day? And now you have these beauties!

Comparisons to Carson McCullers and Kathryn Stockett? You are on FIRE.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...


Can't wait to review this one myself!

Anne said...

Way cool. :-)

Denis Gaston said...

Congratulations Augusta.
Wow! Fantastic! I'm getting all blurbbery.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Looking over this in preparation for designing bookmarks and postcards and realized I never thanked all you commenters for your very kind words. Yes, it's getting exciting with each day.

(PS I have the BEST postcard/ bookmark designer! Thanks for your samples, Caroline. I, too, am going with the book jacket image.)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Wonderful! Can't wait to see.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Wonderful! Can't wait to see.