Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

by Barbara O'Connor
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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374400187
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 286,353
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.42(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

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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Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
lauren66 More than 1 year ago
Best book I have ever read. Top 5 fav books that are my fav~
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Is an Oustanding book please read it especially to teens or kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unpopular sixth-grader Burdette 'Bird' Weaver persuades the newboy at school,who everyone thinks is mean and dumb,to be her partner for a spelling bee that might win her everything she'sever wanted.
southernwriterFL More than 1 year ago
A book about friendship and family. About winning and losing, and how to tell the difference. They just don't make spunky heroines like Burdette Weaver (Bird for short) any better. O'Connor writes with such humor and knows how to tell a story kids will love. Don't miss this one. FAME AND GLORY IN FREEDOM, GEORGIA received a Parents' Choice Gold Award.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
One of the best things about being a children's librarian is discovering new (to me) children's authors.  Barbara O'Connor popped up on my radar when Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia was a Sunshine State Reader for the school year 2005-2006.  I checked it out one night after work, read it, and brought it back the next morning.  In those few hours of a hasty reading, Ms. O'Connor won me over.  Barbara O'Connor has a clear, distinct, Southern voice.  Her characters are quirky, funny, a bit tumble-down, rumpled and flawed, but with hearts as big as the state of South Carolina.  I fell in love with Bird, the main character in Fame and Glory, about seven years ago when I first read this book, and all over again today when I re-read it.  Bird's story ends with a happy ending, but not a fairy tale ending.  She is not a passive person.  She is not a perfect person.  She is, however, a perfect character; as, I suspect, is Ms. O'Connor.
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My teacher read this to us last year. Good, but to " Oh, Miss Delphine loves my good ol' Georgia\Texas accent and my sappy love and freindship stories. Now ya'll, let's go back to riding our horses across the Georgia friendship love pasture. Yeehaw!" Yah.
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