Feathers

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Penguin, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 118 pages
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A Newbery Honor Book

A beautiful and moving novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author


"Hope is the thing with feathers" starts the poem Frannie is reading in school. Frannie hasn't thought much about hope. There are so many other things to think about. Each day, her friend Samantha seems a bit more "holy." There is a new boy in class everyone is calling the Jesus Boy. And although the new boy looks like a white kid, he says he's not white. Who is he?

During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new light--her brother Sean's deafness, her mother's fear, the class bully's anger, her best friend's faith and her own desire for "the thing with feathers."

Jacqueline Woodson once again takes readers on a journey into a young girl's heart and reveals the pain and the joy of learning to look beneath the surface.


"[Frannie] is a wonderful role model for coming of age in a thoughtful way, and the book offers to teach us all about holding on to hope."--Children's Literature

"A wonderful and necessary purchase for public and school libraries alike."--VOYA
 

 

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User Review  - kbarry9 - LibraryThing

I liked this book because it was different than the other books that I have read. Something about this book made me feel hopeful of the world in the future, even though it was written for the 60's ... Read full review

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User Review  - ecarlson2014 - LibraryThing

In a time of unrest and segregation, it follows a young African-American girl who wrestles with hope, racism, faith, and trust. Her values and beliefs are threatened when a white boy enters her school. Her brother is deaf, so this presents another thing for her to wrestle with. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
20
Section 4
41
Section 5
48
Section 6
61
Section 7
69
Section 8
84
Section 12
125
Section 13
127
Section 14
130
Section 15
134
Section 16
143
Section 17
145
Section 18
147
Section 19
149

Section 9
116
Section 10
119
Section 11
123
Section 20
150
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About the author (2010)

Born on February 12th in Columbus, Ohio, Jacqueline Woodson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and Brooklyn, New York and graduated from college with a B.A. in English. She now writes full-time and has recently received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Her other awards include a Newbery Honor, two Coretta Scott King awards, two National Book Award finalists, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Although she spends most of her time writing, Woodson also enjoys reading the works of emerging writers and encouraging young people to write, spending time with her friends and her family, and sewing. Jacqueline Woodson currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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