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The Way to Stay in Destiny

By Augusta Scattergood   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545538251 Paperback
192 Pages | 5.25" x 7.57" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545538244 Hardcover
192 Pages | 5.73" x 8.53" | Ages 9 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545633642 Ebook
192 Pages | Ages 9 to 12

A novel that celebrates baseball, fast piano, and small-town living in the wake of the Vietnam War — Now in paperback!

When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he’s left behind the only life he’s ever known. Now he’s got to live with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole’s Boarding House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister’s dance hall calls to Theo. He can’t wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town’s connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its name.

Acclaimed author Augusta Scattergood has delivered a straight-to-the-heart story with unforgettable characters, humour, and hard questions about loss, family, and belonging.

Raves & reviews:

Praise and Accolades for Glory Be

A NPR “Backseat Book Club” selection

Featured on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” with Scott Simon

A Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee

“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 Glorianna Hemphill’s growing up. It’s a summer of bigotry and behive hairdos, of sit-ins and dangerous boys. All mixed together and beautifully recalled.” —Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A Year Down Yonder