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Gloria's Way Hardcover – March 9, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 410L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374326703
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374326708
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,445,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

These easy-to-digest vignettes narrated by the affable and resourceful friend of Huey and Julian Bates (who each star in their own series of books) go down like comfort food. The volume offers swift, palpable solutions to a girl's everyday problems. Six self-contained chapters show how Gloria deals with frustrations over friends, school and her career-oriented parents. Toft's engaging chapter openers and full-page drawings cover the range of Gloria's many moods and her winning personality. While the book remains focused on the under-10 crowdAand the author captures the cadences of their conversation perfectlyAadults play an important role, too. The parents step in, without seeming intrusive, like guardian angels to smooth out life's little wrinkles. When an agitated parrot ruins the valentine Gloria made for her mother, for instance, patient Mr. Bates plants just enough ideas to help her start a new one. In answer to another, more serious matter, Gloria's mother offers sage advice when Gloria fears that Julian likes their new neighbor better than her. Cameron (The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods) conveys the benefits of effort and high self-esteem while stressing the importance of mothers and fathers taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in their children's lives. Ages 6-9. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-4-This beginning chapter book features six stories about Gloria Jones, a friend of Julian and Huey Bates, who were first introduced in The Stories Julian Tells (Pantheon, 1981). In the first story, Gloria hangs the valentine she made for her mother on the front door and it blows away, landing at the bottom of a parrot's cage in a neighbor's yard. Mr. Bates comes to the child's rescue and helps her find material to make a new one. In another story, the friends help train Huey's dog. In the last story, Gloria's father helps her understand fractions and to see that all children and adults face obstacles or "rocks in the road." While some of the situations are improbable, especially Gloria's valentine blowing into the bottom of a giant parrot cage, and all of the parental figures are too good to be true, this book will find an audience with children who like reassuring stories. Fans of this series will not be disappointed.
Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Ann Cameron has worked in publishing, as a university teacher and as a camp cook on a Mayan dig in Belize where boa constrictors climbed into the thatch of the roof to hunt mice at night. Ann has written a number of books for children and those for Transworld's Corgi Yearling imprint feature a small boy called Julian: JULIAN, SECRET AGENT, JULIAN, DREAM DOCTOR AND THE JULIAN STORIES.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Woman on June 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
As a children's librarian, I had known that Ann Cameron's books about Julian and Huey, beginning with THE STORIES JULIAN TELLS were modern classics, but I hadn't read them until just recently. I was charmed and delighted with these sweet, lovely stories about a group of African-American children and their adventures.
GLORIA'S WAY, which features Julian's friend Gloria is another jewel in this series. In the first story, Gloria spends a long time crafting a beautiful, intricate valentine for her mother. She hangs it on the outside of the door to surprise her when she comes home, but much to her horror, the wind steals her valentine. Gloria gives chase, but the valentine ends up in the cage of an insulting and slightly scary parrot, who destroys it. Angry and upset, she walks back down the block, but as she goes by Julian's father's auto shop he stops her, and helps her find a solution to her problem.
In other adventures, Gloria helps cure Huey's dog of un unhealthy squirrel obsession, learns more about her hard-working father, and finds out that it's not always a good idea to ask your best friend whether or not he likes you best.
Cameron's stories ring true--never cloyingly sweet, the children are real individuals, not cardboard cutouts. My favorite thing about GLORIA'S WAY, as well as the other books in the series, is that it portrays a wonderful view of community--two parent families who care about their children, and about their children's friends. I love the fact that Julian's dad has a shop in the neighborhood, and that he would stop his work to comfort Gloria when she was upset.
I highly recommend GLORIA'S WAY to everyone. This would be a perfect read-aloud for a school classroom for families, as well as a good book for 3rd-4th graders to read alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Like all the best children's literature, Ann Cameron's Julian series is a delight for readers of any age. The latest in the series, "Gloria's Way," features one of Julian's best friends, Gloria. These are likeable, believable kids in believable families, and their stories ring true. Cameron has the rare adult ability to slip into a child's mind. The result is wise, entertaining stories told with sensitivity, humor, and grace. Like Gloria, children (and adults) will be reminded that "things aren't hardly ever the way I think they are." As often as not, this revelation is a comforting surprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "readon" on June 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We love Ann Cameron's books and were excited to see Gloria has her own book now. My daughter (age 7) loves to hear the stories, almost always asking me to stop half way through because they are SO real for her. I have learned, of course, to reassure her that the story will turn out all right and read on. The first story about Gloria's valentine for her mother is very touching. We also enjoyed the story about the dog barking at squirrels non-stop. You see--we read this book almost a year ago and I still remember the stories!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelia Riddick on January 26, 2012
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I am a volunteer in a mostly "white" school with bussed in city "black" children and was trying to connect with my 5th grade female black student. She loves this book and I am planning to get more of those in the series over time. Getting her to take time to read has been a challenge. She can relate to the character and her life. Awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By W.E.B. on October 31, 2007
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It's has been very difficult trying to find books for my twin 8yr old daughters.

I wanted a series of books with the star character being an African American girl just having fun and doing kid stuff. A book that will make them know that reading is fun. This book does just that and more.

If you're looking for a great chapter book for an African American girl, then author Ann Cameron's "Gloria Rising" and "Gloria's Way" is it.

Also, try Valerie Wilson Wesley's series of "Willimena Rules".
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