The co-author of Watch Us Rise pens a novel in verse about all the good and bad that comes with middle school, growing up girl, and the strength of family that gets you through it.
Beatrice Miller may have a granny's name (her granny's, to be more specific), but she adores her Mamaw and her mom, who give her every bit of wisdom and love they have. But the summer before seventh grade, Bea wants more than she has, aches for what she can't have, and wonders what the future will bring.
This novel in verse follows Beatrice through the ups and downs of friendships, puberty, and identity as she asks: Who am I? Who will I become? And will my outside ever match the way I feel on the inside?
A gorgeous, inter-generational story of Southern women and a girl's path blossoming into her sense of self, Reckless, Glorious, Girl explores the important questions we all ask as we race toward growing up.
About the Author
Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her poetry collections include: Hemisphere and Crowned. Her work can be found in ESPN Magazine, She Walks in Beauty and Southern Sin. She is the recipient of a NoMAA Creative Arts Grant and received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. National arts residencies include The Hopscotch House and Louisiana Arts Works. Ellen is the Director of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University.
“With a beautifully drawn cast of intergenerational characters, Reckless, Glorious, Girl is a joyful, poetic celebration of family, friendship, and growing up.” —Kate Messner, author of CHIRP and BREAKOUT
“In Reckless, Glorious, Girl, Hagan's Kentucky leaps off the page with its finger-licking food, Southern charm, and most of all its homegrown, Bardstown girl, Beatrice, who is down to earth but also ready to take flight buoyed by the fierce and unwavering love from her family and best friends. Poignant and heartwarming--a glorious debut.” —Renée Watson, Newbery Honor-winning and and New York Times bestselling author of PIECING ME TOGETHER and SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS
“Ellen Hagan's gorgeous novel in verse is a thoughtful, relatable family story, the kind of book that you talk to, because the characters are your friends, your family, the people you know and love--and maybe the ones you don't love so much, at least not all the time. Reckless, Glorious Girl is bursting with humor, heart, and deep joy.” —Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of TWO NAOMIS, NAOMIS TOO, and 8TH GRADE SUPER ZERO
“An introspective, sensitive tale that readers can grow along with.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Hagan's keen understanding of adolescent preoccupations will be enough to hook many.” —Booklist
“Hagan's intergenerational family story offers an engaging slant on familiar early adolescent growing pains.” —Publishers Weekly
“This title will resonate with readers who aren't ready to leave childhood behind but who don't feel like kids anymore.” —School Library Journal
“This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power.” —Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of SPEAK and SHOUT, on WATCH US RISE
“A manifesto for budding feminists. . . . An inspiring look at two strong-willed teens growing into even stronger young women ready to use their voices and take on the world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on WATCH US RISE
“A highly needed work for the #MeToo movement. . . . Watson and Hagan do not disappoint in this powerful story of two girls who take a stand against injustice while learning how to navigate a world that seeks to silence them.” —SLJ, starred review, on WATCH US RISE
“This intersectional, layered novel . . . covers a wide breadth of topics--institutionalized racism, how we undermine young women, feminism in the modern age--with a clear message: Girls are going to come out on top.” —Marie Claire on WATCH US RISE
“An instruction manual to freedom and love and voice.” —Mahogany L. Browne, author of BLACK GIRL MAGIC and WOKE BABY, on WATCH US RISE
“A source of inspiration on every page and a remarkable story of the power of young people to make a difference. And it's a great read.” —Caroline Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author and editor of SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY, on WATCH US RISE
“An extraordinary story of two indomitable spirits, the power of friendship, and what leadership looks like in the hands of young people today, Watch Us Rise is the novel we all need right now.” —Brendan Kiely, New York Times bestselling coauthor of ALL AMERICAN BOYS and TRADITION, on WATCH US RISE