On the surface, Ted Goodden’s book, Glory Boy, reads like a cautionary tale. It is the simple story of a “do-nothing” boy and the fate that befalls him. Yet it also possesses a more protean quality that touches each reader individually.
Gert, the 12-year old protagonist, is at odds with his mother and father. He is a daydreamer, always in trouble, not for anything he’s done but on account of all the things he doesn’t do. Gert appreciates the glory in the natural world around him. His parents, on the other hand, work and worry, and are generally at odds with what to do with such a boy.