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.)