King, A. (2014). Glory O’Brien’s history of the future. New York: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Glory O’ Brien is a typical teenager trying to figure out who she is and what her place in this world will be. After a frustrating night with her best friend, the two take a petrified bat that they had hidden (which had now turned to dust), mixed it with beer, and drank it in a moment of ignorance. Almost immediately Glory and Ellie have gained an ability to see the future and the past through transmissions. This element of fantasy is believable and allows for a significant amount of information to be shared in a short amount of time. For Glory this new talent is truly an eye opening experience which enlightens her and helps her gain perspective on who she is and the fact the she is not her mother, who killed herself when Glory was four. Glory is following in her mother’s footsteps through photography, and after her journey with matte black, Ellie, Jasmine, her dad, and now Peter she can clearly see what she wants and where she is heading – and she is happy.
Commentary and Text Connections:
This fictional text could be compared with Confessions by Colleen Hoover an extended project could be to take and develop pictures that tell a story similar to the way Glory and her mother did in the story.