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This book is great in that discrimination in books is often tackled through a 1950-1960's lens, when school integration was still fresh. In many of these books, it is implied that discrimination became a thing of the past once segregation was legally ended. However, this book shows that integration of school did not solve issues of discrimination, which is a powerful lesson that continues to have relevance today. Having a unit in which books that have a slavery lens, an early post segregation lens, a 1970's lens and a modern lens in the context of discrimination and African Americans would be really powerful for comparing and contrasting and building critical thinking in a social justice context. ( )
  alaina.loescher | Jan 20, 2017 |
I am so blessed that segregate is ended in our day. All Frannie and her brother wanted is freedom, and not to be separated because of their skin color. Feathers will grab readers to get their attention and have them turning the pages non-stop.
  Taylor_skinner | Nov 3, 2016 |
Frannie has spent all of her life growing up on the "wrong side of the highway" where there are no white people. This story is about Frannie facing many problems throughout her life, include race and religion.
  mackenziespiering | Sep 12, 2016 |
This book is about a little girl with a brother who is deaf. It is set in the 1970s and deals with issues of racism and bullying. The main character is a girl named Frannie who attends a primarily black school in a primarily black community. A new boy starts coming to school who is white, and he faces bullying in school because of this. Throughout the book, Frannie deals with the way girls treat her good-looking, deaf brother, how she and other kids at school treat the new kid, and the reality of loss and fear within her own family with her mom having experienced miscarriages in the past and becoming pregnant again. This is an amazing book and a really good example of contemporary realistic fiction (or maybe historical fiction) because it deals with very real issues (bullying, love, loss, hope, racism) from the perspective of a little girl that many people can relate to. I would use this book to talk about any of the themes I just listed. Jacqueline Woodson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
  jessicayambra | Feb 28, 2016 |
This story has a great beginning, but that's all it has. When the book ended I was left wondering, where's the rest? The book just ends after 100 pages. It read as if someone interrupted the author as she was typing and then as she was talking she accidentally sent in her manuscript not even half done. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
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View our feature on Jacqueline Woodson's Feathers.

“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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