Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5n/a4.320927
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.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published on April 1, 2008 by Square Fish
ISBN-10: 0374400180
ISBN-13: 9780374400187
1 Book Review
  • mrssample
    mrssampleover 9 years55 starsFeatured
    Making friends can be hard to do. In this story, a girl develops friendships and learns good lessons about herself and others. Reading this story reminded me of times I have made new friends. Would you like to be famous? Read this novel to see why Bird wants fame and glory so much, and if she ever achieves the fame and glory she works toward. I enjoyed this story and the authors description in the book.