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Since Frannie was inspired by a poem, have the students create a poem themselves about Hope. Have the students think of a word or phrase for each letter of hope and have them write their own poem. This will encourage students to connect to the text and reflect on how Frannie views hope and how they, as individuals, view hope as well. Worksheet came from ReadWriteThink. Trevor, the classroom bully, promptly nicknames him "Jesus Boy," because he is "pale and his hair [is] long. She raises important questions about God, racial segregation and issues surrounding the hearing-impaired with a light and thoughtful touch.

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The children at Price School are all African Americans. Although there is some question about his true identity, the new boy looks white; in fact, he is extremely pale. The kids in the class cannot understand why a white boy would choose to come to their school—all the white kids live and go to school across the highway. The children all have different reactions to the new kid. Frannie, who is the narrator of the story, is intrigued by the new kid and has empathy for him.

She associates the new kid with her brother because they are both different and kids have strong reactions to both of them—some not so nice. Some of the children think the new kid looks like Jesus. He seems to be white and he has long hair just like Jesus.

The kids dub him Jesus Boy. The kid likes his new name. Trevor, who is bi-racial and the class bully, immediately resents the new kid.

He feels threatened by him, fearing that the presence of the white boy will bring the subject of race to the surface—a subject that he vigorously avoids. Jesus Boy holds his ground and declares that he is not white, a statement which serves to confuse everyone. She is elated with the thought that Jesus would choose Price School for his return to earth. She thinks all the signs are pointing to the boy being Jesus. Jesus is really needed because there is a war going on and people are starving.

The practical Frannie points out to her friend that there are always wars and always starvation. Samantha is convinced more than ever that the boy is Jesus because another classmate, RayRay, has become a much better person since Jesus Boy arrived. Frannie has problems at home. Her mother, who has lost an infant daughter and two more babies in miscarriages, is pregnant again.

Frannie and her brother Sean are concerned that their mother may lose this baby and be depressed again like she was in the past. Frannie is protective of Sean and wants him to stay in the deaf world where he is accepted.

But Sean wants to reach out and be part of all worlds. Frannie transfers her protectiveness to Jesus Boy. She feels empathy for him because she remembers how she felt when she was the new kid. Frannie is the first to befriend Jesus Boy. The teacher, recognizing that Jesus Boy is not being accepted by some of the kids, illustrates how one can have many similarities with people who seem to be different. Frannie learns to hold on to the good memories in life and feel comforted by hope - because hope is all around.

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Start your review of Feathers Write a review Shelves: fiction , kids , americanth-c , novels This is a superbly beautiful story set in a black community in the early 70s that deals with love, bullies, religion and racism in subtle and wonderful prose. Frannie has an intriguing relationship with her deaf brother Sean who is just one of many examples in the book of valuing differences. The Jesus Boy who comes to their school is the catalyst to self-discovery for Frannie, her friend Samantha and even for hanger-on RayRay as he exemplifies both hope and imperfect humanity in the story. The This is a superbly beautiful story set in a black community in the early 70s that deals with love, bullies, religion and racism in subtle and wonderful prose. The title comes from a gorgeous poem by Emily Dickinson whose words and images weave through this entire story. An absolute must for children which opens their eyes to critical insights about getting along with others.

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Summary[ edit ] Taking place in the s, in an urban all African American school, this book highlights the hard topics of racism, faith, hope, and disabilities. A white boy comes to the school and is soon dubbed "Jesus Boy". His entrance as the only white student causes tension and misunderstandings. Some of the students believe that he is Jesus and others simply hope he is. He just calmly talks to Trevor and never retaliates.

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The children at Price School are all African Americans. Although there is some question about his true identity, the new boy looks white; in fact, he is extremely pale. The kids in the class cannot understand why a white boy would choose to come to their school—all the white kids live and go to school across the highway. The children all have different reactions to the new kid. Frannie, who is the narrator of the story, is intrigued by the new kid and has empathy for him. She associates the new kid with her brother because they are both different and kids have strong reactions to both of them—some not so nice. Some of the children think the new kid looks like Jesus.

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