Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Caroline's Classroom Connections at SPELLBINDERS

I'm back from my SIMPLY AMAZING overseas research/pleasure trip, my brain stuffed, and my body weary.  So while I get past jet-lag and unpack and download pictures and catch up on email and bills and all those other lovely household tasks, I give you the wonderful Caroline Starr Rose at SPELLBINDERS who features another one of my dear writing friends, Augusta Scattergood! Enjoy!

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GLORY BE by Augusta Scattergood

genre: middle-grade historical fiction
publisher: Scholastic
publication date: January 2012
praise: Children's Book Council 2013 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

"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
Please tell us about your book.
GLORY BE is set in a small town in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, 1964. Almost-12-year-old Glory is mystified by much that's happening in her town, including the closing of the pool and her sister's preference for a new boyfriend over their secrets and games. At first, their maid, Emma, assures Glory that everything will turn out fine, that the sisters will always have each other, and eventually their town will move past the events of the summer. Soon, however, everyone realizes that things will never be the same.
What inspired you to write this story?
I grew up in Mississippi and was there during the summer of 1964. But while it was happening, most of my friends and I were shielded from the events of that period in our history.
Many years later, while working as a school librarian, I heard Ruby Bridges speak to our students. One thing she shared about her experiences integrating the New Orleans schools as a young child was that she felt had the parents left the children to figure the situation out, maybe things would have turned out differently. That really hit me. In my own personal experience, no kids ever had an opportunity to figure out anything having to do with race. During those turbulent times, as youngsters, we were shielded from so much that was happening. As we got older, we realized we'd been there for a very important part of history. Even now, a lot of students don't know as much about the Civil Rights Movement as we might think.
  Soon after hearing Ruby Bridges talk, I start writing GLORY BE.

Could you share with readers how you conducted your research or share a few interesting tidbits you learned while researching? 
Since I was actually present at the setting, so to speak, I had a good feel for the time and place of my book. But there's so much on the internet that I could check. Which Elvis/ Beatles songs had already been recorded. When did various Nancy Drew books appear. Important stuff!
I found a treasure trove in two oral history sites: the Library of Congress and the University of North Carolina library websites. Especially for voices and stories of African Americans who lived in the South during this period and later spoke about it.

I also relied on my friends and my family. I know they wondered why I cared if football players practiced in pads or not, during the summer of 1964! I didn't talk much about the actual topic of the book-integration of the town's swimming pool- until I was near publication. It was just too close to me.

What are some special challenges associated with writing historical fiction?
There's a particular challenge in writing about a period in our history that's so personal to people who still remember it. Not only do you need to get the details right (don't even get me started about the ruckus I raised posting a question about Skeeter's hairstyle in the movie The Help!), you need to get the facts as accurately as you can determine from research. Then there's the issue of making the history appealing to younger readers. Without preaching.
What topics does your book touch upon that would make it a perfect fit for the classroom?
  • The Civil Rights movement
  • Race
  • American history
  • Family values
If you'd like to learn more about Augusta and GLORY BE, please visit her blog and website,


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Caroline Starr Rose Caroline Starr Rose spent her childhood in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and New Mexico, camping at the Red Sea in one and eating red chile in the other. She's taught English and social studies to upper elementary and middle-school students in New Mexico, Florida, Virginia, and Louisiana. Back in New Mexico, Caroline now writes middle-grade novels and picture books full time. 

To find teacher's guides, writing activities, and information about author visits, go to her website, stop by her blog, or follow her on Twitter.


Carolee Dean
Carolee Dean has made numerous appearances as a guest poet/author at schools, libraries, poetry events, and teacher/library conferences. She holds a bachelor's degree in music therapy and a master's degree in communicative disorders, and she has spent over a decade working in the public schools as a

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speech-language pathologist.

Her first novel, Comfort,was nominated as a Best Book for Young Adults, was named the Best YA Novel of 2002 by the Texas Institute of Letters, and was on the TAYSHAS (Texas Library Association) reading list. Take Me There is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
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She conducts teacher trainings on inspiring reluctant writers including "The Secret Language of Stories" and "Random Act of Haiku."

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Kim Bio PhotoKimberley Griffiths Little is the recipient of the Southwest Book Award, The Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel of 2010, and the author of the highly acclaimed, The Healing Spell and Circle of Secrets, published by Scholastic Press. Look for her books at the Scholastic Book Fairs, as well Circle of Secretsas two more forthcoming novels in 2012 and 2013.
She lives on a dirt road in a small town by the Rio Grande with her husband, a robotics engineer and their three sons. Kimberley is a favorite speaker at schools around the country, presenting "The Creative Diary", a highly successful writing workshop and has been a speaker at many conferences.

Please visit her website to download free Teacher's Guides and Book Club Guides. 
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