I finished Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson about a week ago, and now as I sit down to write this review, I can’t remember what it was about. I remember that I enjoyed reading it, but now, I must take a moment to quickly go through it again . . . Oh, yes, it’s about a girl named Frannie, her deaf brother Sean, her friend Samantha and the new boy in class that everybody calls Jesus Boy. Well, that doesn’t tell you a whole lot does it?
I have to admit that I was not familiar with this author but after visiting Woodson’s website, I thought, geez, she’s written so many books and won so many awards, I’m embarrassed that I hadn’t heard of her prior. But then again, this is my first time down the road into Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction (for those new to my blog, I swear I’ll continue to read and review adult fiction too). Visiting Woodson’s website was so much fun that I’m now tempted to read all the books she’s written, which apparently is a lot!
Anyways, back to Feathers, which recently won a 2008 Newbery Honor.
Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul,
And sings the tune – without the words,
And never stops at all
- Emily Dickinson
“Feathers is a book I wrote because I wanted to write about the many ways people find Hope in the world,” says Woodson. So obviously this book is about hope. Along with a few other themes such as race, social standing, bullies, friendships, physical impairments, and family relationships. Even though, it may have taken me a few moments to recall all the details of this book, I enjoyed reading it and have discovered a new author that I would like to explore more.
Enjoy a short, wonderful reading of Feathers: