The Legacy of Gloria Russell by Sheri Gilbert

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A poignant debut novel about a boy’s struggle with the loss of his best friend—and the truth about his small town’s ostracism of a lonely stranger.

From the moment she touched Satan, my best friend Gloria Russell was never the same.

Since the sudden death of his best friend, Billy’s tiny hometown has never seemed lonelier. Gloria wasn’t like anyone else in Kelseyville. Full of curiosity and spunk, she never cared what other people thought. But the day she befriended Satan—a hermit every kid in Kelseyville is warned to avoid—something happened to Gloria. And a few months later, she was gone.

Alone, confused, and struggling to escape conflicts in his own family, Billy sets out to discover what really happened to Gloria. And guided by Gloria’s strength, he begins to understand what the truth about Satan means for himself—and his town.
 

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Published April 13, 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Billy is mourning the loss of his friend Gloria, who died suddenly of an aneurysm.

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In a starred review, PW wrote, "Readers will quickly adopt the 12-year-old narrator's no-nonsense take on things as he attempts to understand his best friend's death and the history of his town's prejudices.

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"From the moment she touched Satan, Gloria Russell was never the same," begins this impressive first novel, narrated by Gloria's best friend, 12-year-old Billy James Wilkins.

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