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Puffin Books, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 118 pages
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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.

A Newbery Honor Book

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I love Woodson's writing. - Goodreads
It also had a weak ending. - Goodreads
It's a simple little book with almost no plot. - Goodreads
Lovely storytelling & very deserving of a Newbery Honor - Goodreads
Woodson's writing is a bit nebulous and vague. - Goodreads
Beautiful, spare writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - A.mickey44gmail.com - Goodreads

Many beautiful lines and quotes but not my favorite book from this author. Read full review

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User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

Read this because it's by the Newbery author Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming). This book was good, but not great. I read it with a lit circle in my classroom and found it opened up a lot of ... Read full review

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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 three Newbery Honors, 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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