Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson

Book Cover:  Feathers by Jacqueline WoodsonI 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:

Visit Jacqueline Woodson’s website.
Visit a review that I enjoyed by Robin Smith at Children’s Book Page.

24 comments


  1. I’ve never heard of Woodson either, but she sounds like a fantastic author. I will have to check out her website and this book particularly. Great review.

    on February 16th, 2008 at 10:11 am
  2. I am reading this next! *excited* Hehehe.

    on February 17th, 2008 at 2:19 am
  3. Framed – Let me know when you do read any of Woodson. I’d love to know what you think.

    Tarie – Have fun! I can’t wait to read your review.

    on February 17th, 2008 at 6:33 pm
  4. Hi again, Natasha! :)

    You know what? I didn’t enjoy or like this book as much as I did other Newbery Honor books. But I still think it was worth reading because it was very “life-affirming.” I hope I’m using the right term there!

    Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful reading of Feathers!

    on February 25th, 2008 at 9:04 am
  5. Hi Tarie! Well I guess we can’t win them all. I am still curious though about her other books and will look into them.

    on February 25th, 2008 at 1:37 pm
  6. I also really enjoyed this book! I thought the author did an excellent job of tying in lesser talked-about themes (physical impairments and spirituality) with more common themes in an interesting fashion. I especially liked how the theme of hope was interwoven throughout the other themes.

    Thank you for sharing that touching reading from the book. I think I will add it to my own review, too!

    on March 21st, 2008 at 11:56 am
  7. Thanks for bringing this author to our attention. I looked at her website and I get the sense of someone with a gentle soul. I like that. I will eventually read something by her. :)

    on April 5th, 2008 at 5:22 am
  8. Oops! Forgot to add . . . I didn’t realize that this is your “first time down the road into Young Adult and Juvenile Fiction”. I just started too! :)

    Now that I rethink that, maybe I did know – I’m not sure. I’m vaguely remembering a comment on the YA Challenge. ??? (not sure if that was you)

    on April 5th, 2008 at 5:27 am
  9. Tenacious Teacher – There was a lot packed into this book for such a slim little thing!

    Joy – I also enjoyed her website. I really do want to read more from her. And yep! This is my first time reading YA and Juvenile Fiction. Even when I was in high school I never read any of it. It’s like the whole world has opened up and there’s so much out there just waiting to be discovered!

    on April 6th, 2008 at 3:42 pm
  10. I love this author, I have read one of her books, can’t remember the name but there is now a show about it… ugh can’t think of it.

    on April 11th, 2008 at 10:16 am
  11. I love Jacqueline Woodson books very much i expecially love the notebks of melinaun sun. I love the way she makes the characters express them self and he talks about stuff that is really happening in the society today, She isn’t just talking about stuff that probaly happens once every blue which is like never.I just finshied reading one of her books called Hush and i have to do a book report on it that should be easy. Because of the way she told the stort. I love nearly all of Jacqueline Woodson books !

    on April 20th, 2008 at 12:52 pm
  12. im so mad im reading the book now im on page 61 n i goota read the whole thing n due a project by tomorrow!!ahhh

    on November 17th, 2008 at 4:32 pm
  13. whats the book about

    on January 4th, 2009 at 5:53 pm
  14. me to i got a project 2 eek

    on January 4th, 2009 at 5:54 pm
  15. I loved this book!
    I’m in 8th grade and I had to read it for a book project, I couldn’t get enough!

    on March 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
  16. i am now reading but i like it

    on August 3rd, 2009 at 11:21 am
  17. [...] I decided that I wanted to read all the Newbery winners.  The first Woodson book that I read was Feathers, and while I admit that it’s my least favorite of Woodson’s books I knew that I wanted [...]

    on September 7th, 2009 at 1:57 am
  18. i think i liked this book because it encouraged me to be hopeful

    on September 28th, 2009 at 5:00 am
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    on September 28th, 2009 at 5:01 am
  20. Hi my name is Emily and i read the book Feathers and thought it was a heart warming story.i loved it.

    on November 7th, 2009 at 4:25 pm
  21. i liked this book but i really didn’t get the point of it
    lols
    i loved it <3
    it helps you to be hopeful.
    =]

    on January 5th, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  22. [...] Woodson, Jacqueline (Author Site, Wikipedia) Miracle’s Boys: Reviewed at things mean a lot, Maw Books If You Come Softly: Reviewed at things mean a lot Hush: Reviewed at Maw Books I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This: Reviewed at Maw Books Locomotion: Reviewed at Maw Books Peace Locomotion: Reviewed at Maw Books Show Way: Reviewed at Maw Books Feathers: Reviewed at Maw Books [...]

    on January 26th, 2010 at 8:22 pm
  23. I LOVE the book Feathers!!!!!! It stands out from the rest of the books she has rote.

    on March 7th, 2011 at 8:40 pm
  24. THE BOOK ENDS WITH NOTHING, VERY BORING

    on March 13th, 2011 at 3:34 am

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