Woodson's Newbery Honor-winning story is now available on audio. "Feathers" takes listeners on a journey into a young girl's heart and reveals the pain and joy of learning to look beneath the surface. Unabridged. 6 CDs.
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by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
by Megan Crewe
by Nikki Grimes
by Cindy Baldwin
by Cori Doerrfeld
by Sharon Flake
""Hope is the thing with feathers/ That perches in the soul," wrote Emily Dickinson. Frannie, the narrator of Jacqueline Woodson's Newbery Honor book, is enamored with the language and rhythm of this poem as she grapples with its meaning. Sisi Aisha Johnson, as Frannie, introduces us to her parents, her deaf older brother, and her sixth-grade class. When the class bully names a new student "Jesus Boy" because he's too white to belong in the predominately black middle school, Frannie must deal with issues of friendship, religion, racism, and morality. Johnson weaves Woodson's lyrical language into a downy comforter that wraps the listener in hope for Frannie's future. N.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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