Glory

Glory

4.8 6
by Jodi Lynn
     
 
Thirteen-year-old Glory Mason has always prided herself on being a free thinker.But in Dogwood, the tiny Appalachian town where she's lived her entire life, she's often seen as a troublemaker. Glory is frustrated with Dogwood's isolation from the world "outside," and this leads her to test her limits. But when a thoughtless prank leads to a tragic accident, her father

Overview

Thirteen-year-old Glory Mason has always prided herself on being a free thinker.But in Dogwood, the tiny Appalachian town where she's lived her entire life, she's often seen as a troublemaker. Glory is frustrated with Dogwood's isolation from the world "outside," and this leads her to test her limits. But when a thoughtless prank leads to a tragic accident, her father-and the townspeople-can no longer look the other way. Glory is cast out of the town-left alone to fend for herself in a world she has never known.

Author Bio: Jodi Lynn lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Thirteen-year-old Glory Bee Mason chafes under the strictures of the tiny West Virginia town of Dogwood. She hears tales of the wider world with its "contraptions" such as electric lights, radios, and cars. This is the first in a series of Glory's adventures. Glory was aware that at one time, a boy had been cast out of the community and later found dead. She never thought it could happen to her. This page-turner brings us to the cataclysmic incident that leads to her judgment by the community—she is made to drink the "Water of Judgment," which is said to induce death in a year, and is expelled from the community and family in the dead of winter. Her wilderness survival depends on skills she has learned on earlier hunting trips with her father. Her will to live after being cast out is bolstered by her mother's thoughtfulness. With far to go and much to overcome, Glory wonders if she will make it. Older reluctant readers will race through this book. 2002, Puffin Books/Penguin Putnam,
— Carlee Hallman
VOYA
This novel seems to be more enjoyable for preteens than teenagers. Glory Mason's naïveté about the world outside Dogwood is certainly refreshing to a jaded reader from an urban environment. The tale is short and fast paced but leaves the reader hanging in the end. Perhaps that effect is desired, but readers might feel frustrated about the lack of a conclusion. VOYA Codes: 2Q 3P M (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, Puffin, 176p, Anna Banana), Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Glory, 13, is in some ways a typical adolescent-impulsive, curious, sometimes reckless. However, her life in Dogwood, WV, is anything but: she's one of 60-odd members of a religious sect that avoids all contact with modern society. She has never ridden in a car, handled money, or heard music other than the hymns at church. When she and her friend Katie get drunk on Communion wine, a tragic accident occurs on an icy pond. Shortly afterward, Glory is cast out after being forced (by her own father) to drink the mysterious "Water of Judgment." The second half of the book is an account of her struggles in the woods trying to survive as she heads toward Boston, to her a symbol of her future as an individual. This is an interesting story with a likable main character. Many readers will relate to her problems with her authoritarian father and the many rules she is forced to observe. Unfortunately, the first-person voice is not totally successful, and some plot elements are never resolved. For instance, the story of Lance King, another teen outcast, is full of unanswered questions. And it's never clear if the Water of Judgment really does lead to eventual death, as Glory is told. Overall, this is a book with potential, but it reads more like a rough draft than a finished novel. Readers looking for similar stories may prefer Margaret Peterson Haddix's Leaving Fishers (S & S, 1997).-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In Dogwood, West Virginia, the residents follow their own fire-and-brimstone religion, and most, including 13-year-old Glory Mason, have never even traveled beyond this isolated community set in the Appalachian Mountains. Glory, who has her own way of thinking, secretly questions her religion, prefers wearing overalls and being outdoors to doing women's work, and wishes that others, even her own father, would see her as worthy as her best friend Katie. After discovering the compound's secret radio, stash of arsenals, and alcohol, she convinces Katie to join her in getting drunk on Christmas Eve. In their drunken state, tragic choices are made, for which Glory is blamed; forced to drink the Water of Judgment, which is rumored to kill its consumer in one year; and banished from Dogwood forever. Glory's story becomes one of survival and fulfilling a promise she and Katie made-traveling to Boston. After she stumbles upon Jake, a farm boy, he eases her into the modern world and helps her get started on her journey. In her debut, Lynn effectively creates a likable character through Glory, but the predictable plot is marred by implausible situations. Glory's story continues in sequels to follow. (Fiction. 11-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142400043
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Glory Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
0.10(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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