By Jacqueline Woodson

Putnam Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780399239892, 118pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2007

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.

About the Author
Jacqueline Woodson was awarded Newbery honors for her books Feathers and Show Way and was a National Book Award finalist for her books Hush and Locomotion; the latter also received a Coretta Scott King Honor, as did her books I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This and From the Notebooks Of Melanin Sun. Miracle's Boys won the Coretta Scott King Award.