Synopses & Reviews
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 hasnt 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 hes not white. Who is he?
During a winter full of surprises, good and bad, Frannie starts seeing a lot of things in a new lighther brother Seans deafness, her mothers fear, the class bullys anger, her best friends faith and her own desire for the thing with feathers.”
Jacqueline Woodson once again takes readers on a journey into a young girls heart and reveals the pain and the joy of learning to look beneath the surface.
A Newbery Honor Book
"Like many novels that have civil rights at the center of them, this is not an easy read, but it is worth the effort. McMullans well-chosen words realistically portray the conflicts that Sam, her mother, and those around them face. The truths the teen learns are timeless, allowing readers to identify with her. Make room on your library shelves for this one."—School Library Journal,
"When 14-year-old Samantha Thomas moves to Jackson, Miss., in 1962, following her fathers death in Vietnam, she learns about love and hate all in the same year...Though this fine volume easily stands by itself, McMullan links it with two previous works—How I Found the Strong (2004) and When I Crossed No-Bob (2007)—and readers who read the first installments will feel that they are in the midst of an excellent historical saga."—Kirkus
"This historical novel set in 1962 Mississippi spotlights the tensions of the early civil rights movement through the evolution of 14-year-old Sam, a former army brat transplanted to her recently deceased father's home state when her mother accepts a teaching job at the local college. McMullan (Cashay) effectively captures the Southern setting and frames Sam's conflict between belonging and doing the right thing in the face of racial prejudice...It's a high stakes novel that powerfully portrays the bravery and loss of a tumultuous time."—Publishers Weekly
Nobody knows what to make of the new boy in Frannieas class. Not only does he look different, but heas kind to everyone, he refuses to fight, and he doesnat even seem to mind when the other kids nickname him Jesus Boy. But as winter progresses, Frannie realizes that sheas starting to see a whole lot of things in a new light: her brotheras deafness, her motheras fear, her friend Samanthaas faith, their classmate Trevoras anger, and her own desire for hopeaathe thing with feathers.a And itas all because of Jesus Boyas differences . . . and his friendship.
In her Newbery Honor-winning novel, Woodson takes readers on a journey into a young girl's heart and reveals the pain and joy of learning to look beneath the surface.
These classic, award-winning novels by three-time Newbery Honor winner Jacqueline Woodson are now available with fresh new looks.
Margaret McMullan, the acclaimed author of How I Found the Strong, and When I Crossed No-Bob, delivers a masterfully crafted novel about photography, tragedy, romance, racism, and family set in the segregated South during the civil rights movement.
It's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father--he was a war hero--and Sam and her mother must move, along with their very liberal views, to Jackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don't quite fit in.
People like the McLemores fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's artist friend, Perry, are in the South to "agitate" and to shake up the dividing lines between black and white and blur it all to grey. As racial injustices ensue--sit-ins and run-ins with secret white supremacists--Sam learns to focus with her camera lens to bring forth the social injustice out of the darkness and into the light.
About the Author
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.