Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Barbara O'Connor

Frances Foster Books

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Will a spelling bee be the answer to all of Bird’s problems?

All her life, all Bird has ever wanted is to be noticed in her small town and to get to Disney World. As it turns out, Bird just might have a chance to realize at least one of her goals because of a state spelling bee, and she might get to make a friend along the way – a boy named Harlem Tate who has just moved to Freedom. Harlem seems like a kindred spirit – someone like Bird, whom people don’t usually take the time to find the good in. (Unless it’s someone like Miss Delphine, who always makes Bird feel special.) But as much as Bird tries to get his attention, Harlem is not easily won over. Then Harlem agrees to be her partner in the spelling bee, and if they study hard enough, the two might just win everything Bird’s always wanted.

In Barbara O’Connor’s funny new novel, a spunky young girl discovers that sometimes all it takes to feel famous is a little recognition from true friends.
 
Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia
1Harlem Tate hadn't been in Freedom, Georgia, more than three days before it was clear that nobody wanted anything to do with him. Nobody except me, that is. I had a burning desire to be his friend.All everybody else saw in him was a silent, glaring kid who didn't smell too good. Me? I could tell by his scowling face that Harlem Tate didn't get many chances to see the good in folks. Like me. And something about his hunched-over way of walking told me Harlem Tate's insides were churning up with needing something.

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Praise for Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

"Finely tuned." -- Starred, Booklist

"Bird's original voice has charm, grit, and spunkiness that, combined with small town sensibilities, unique characters, and humor, spell out a winner." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"An idiosyncratic group of characters play out this touching and well-paced story about friendship, family, and connection." --Horn Book Magazine
"Bird is literary kin to Scout, heroine of Harper Lee’s famous "To Kill a Mockingbird.…as charming and fresh as …the month of May." --Boston Globe

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Barbara O'Connor

Barbara O’Connor is the author of numerous acclaimed books for children, including Me and Rupert Goody, Greetings from Nowhere and How to Steal a Dog. She has been awarded the Parents’ Choice Gold and Silver Awards, the Massachusetts Book Award, and the Dolly Gray Award, among many honors. As a child, she loved dogs, salamanders, tap dancing, school, and even homework. Her favorite days were when the bookmobile came to town. She was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and now lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, a historic seaside village not far from Plymouth Rock.

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, Maryland Children's Book Award Master List, Nevada YR Award Master List, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Utah Children's Book Award Master List, Virginia Young Readers Award Master List, West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
April 2008
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ISBN: 9781466809932
ISBN10: 1466809930
Middle-Grade Fiction112 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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April 2008
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ISBN: 9780374400187
ISBN10: 0374400180
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 112 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
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Lexile: 740L
AR Quiz Number: 70563
AR Points: 3

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