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When a new, white student nicknamed "The Jesus Boy" joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie's growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007
ISBN: 9780399239892
Branch Call Number: J FICTION WOODS...J
Characteristics: 118 pages ; 22 cm


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JCLBeckyC Apr 13, 2019

A beautiful homage to the poetry of Emily Dickinson. I love how each character’s faith is their own. I don’t feel as if Woodson is preaching to me, just letting me visit, listen, and learn from everyone--from Frannie and her family to her classmates and her friends. I wish this novel had been around when I was a tween. I would have loved to have been Frannie's friend.

Jan 06, 2018

People sometimes forget that childhood is not all laughter and games. Children can have deep thoughts and important things to say, and this book shows that. It's a beautiful book, from the lovely cover art, to the vivid descriptions of light and color, to the depictions of strong friendships and family relationships.

Mar 10, 2017

Jacqueline's books should be mandatory reading for ages 9-99 and she always makes me nostalgic for easier days before loss and tragedy hardened my soul. She reminded me of our totally unnecessary and extremely thick orange shag carpet to compliment my brothers big bird yellow room circa 1975. As the late 70's bled into the early 80's we had thick orange wallpaper with black velvet texture that gave it a look of flowing lava. If I only knew then what lie ahead I would have done a few things differently.

Aug 27, 2015

Frannie's family includes her deaf older brother who imagines a world where a bridge can take you from one world to another.
Hope can be that bridge.
A very sweet story.

Jul 07, 2015

I like everything I've read by Jacqueline Woodson so far. This was a good young adult read for 4th - 8th graders especially. I like how she creates rich characters like Frannie and how she shows how every person -- the new kid, the bully, the outsider -- has both strengths and weaknesses and therefore they are more alike than not. I enjoyed reading this book.

Beautiful story about hope. Enjoy it in the car as a family.

Jun 21, 2014

This book is great to read!
I listened to it on Audio book in the car on a road trip!

HA_teen Oct 22, 2011

A very well written book. It shows some of perceptions people have on people of other colour. My favourite character was definatley Jesus Boy because he is really mysterious. Definatley a must read.

Nov 20, 2010

Very enjoyable, well-written story.


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