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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Barbara O'Connor

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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. This title has Common Core connections.

Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), West Virginia Children's Book Award ML, Rhode Island Children's Book Award Master List, Kansas William Allen White Award Master, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, New Mexico Land of Enchantment Master List, Rhode Island Children's Book Award ML, South Carolina Children's Book Award ML, Maryland Children's Book Award Master Li, Utah Children's Book Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award ML, New Mexico Land of Enchantment ML, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Nevada YR Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State YR Award ML, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Master List, South Carolina Children's Book Award Master List, West Virginia Children's Book Award Master List, Virginia Young Readers Award Master List, Georgia Children's Book Award Master Lis, Kansas William Allen White Award Master List, Maryland Children's Book Award Master List, Arizona Grand Canyon Young Readers Maste , Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List, Iowa Children's Choice Award Master List, Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Master List, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

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Harlem 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.
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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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