By: Jacqueline Woodson
Feathers tells the story of Frannie, a sixth grade girl who is looking for a little hope in the world. Frannie lives on the side of the highway where African-Americans reside; she wonders about the other side of the highway, where the white people live. One day, a white boy joins her class. He is teased, and the other kids start to call him Jesus Boy, a nickname he decides to keep. Meanwhile, Frannie’s brother Sean is navigating adolescence while deaf and struggles with feeling disconnected from both the white world and the hearing world. Set amongst the culture and conflicts of a 70s-era urban city, Frannie encounters some enlightening experiences and finds hope in many different places.