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Frannie is a sixth grade student that has a challenging home-life. When a new classmate enters her life, she begins to see her life in 'a new light'. This story is written in an almost poetic manner.
  kelly.haskins | Feb 25, 2015 |
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. ( )
  ecarlson2014 | Feb 24, 2015 |
I wanted to like this. It's a sweet tale of a 6th grade black girl living with her dad, mum and handsome and deaf brother. She goes to school. There is a new boy, a bully, a friend who is religious... but it never quite stuck for me. Like the feathers of the title, it is all very light touch and drifts away when you try to catch hold of it. ( )
  atreic | Feb 23, 2015 |
Jacqueline Woodson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing style is clear, lyrical, and hopeful; she tackles difficult issues for middle school students - bullying, loss, death - with a strength and purpose that shows the reader how to keep faith in hard times and persevere.
Curricular connections can be made with language arts in fifth and sixth grade. This novel uses the works of Emily Dickinson; create a unit showcasing the poetry of Dickinson, examine how it is used in Feathers, and finally, have students discuss how the poetry is relevant in their own lives. ( )
1 vote tona.iwen | Feb 8, 2015 |
“Feathers” by Jacqueline Woodson was a winner of a Newbery Honor, and understandably so; it is a very powerful and moving story, even though it is a short 118 pages. I was moved by this book for two reasons. First, it is told from a young girl’s point of view, and the themes are so grown-up. The themes include racism and poverty, and so to hear about those through her eyes was a very endearing quality. It helped me understand more about that time period, and how a child might have reacted to those circumstances. I also appreciated that the characters were very complex. Woodson did not make any characters flat; they all went through changes. For example, Samantha was set on identifying herself as a Christian, and yet she was confused by Fanny wanting to help Trevor. Another example includes “Jesus Boy,” who was always so calm in the beginning, but called out Trevor for not having a father, which seemed very against his nature. These character developments seem more realistic to how human beings are, and I enjoyed reading about their complex personalities.
I think the theme overall was one of hope: hope for the new baby, for bridges to new worlds, and for how things could be. Especially in terms of race, this story focuses on how things might be different one day. It is a very touching piece. ( )
1 vote ElizabethHaaser | Oct 12, 2014 |
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“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.

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When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.

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