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By Jacqueline Woodson

A stunning and relocating novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author

"Hope is the article with feathers" begins the poem Frannie is analyzing at school. Frannie hasn't concept a lot approximately desire. there are such a lot of different issues to contemplate. on a daily basis, her good friend Samantha turns out a piece extra "holy." there's a new boy at school everyone seems to be calling the Jesus Boy. And even though the hot boy feels like a white child, he says he's now not white. who's he? in the course of a wintry weather choked with surprises, solid and undesirable, Frannie starts off seeing loads of issues in a brand new light—her brother Sean's deafness, her mother's worry, the category bully's anger, her top friend's religion and her personal hope for "the factor with feathers."

Jacqueline Woodson once more takes readers on a trip right into a younger girl's center and divulges the ache and the enjoyment of studying to seem underneath the surface.

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They can pick up the tiniest earth movements. Who studies earthquakes? Scientists called seismologists. They work in more than 4,000 stations around the world. The stations are connected through computer and satellite linkups. Working together, seismologists in several stations use information from seismographs to locate an earthquake’s epicenter. Seismologists use a number of scales to measure the power of an earthquake. Best known is the Richter scale, named after seismologist Charles F. Richter, who invented the scale in 1935.

The earthquake destroyed the town of Kodiak. People felt its tremors as far away as California, Hawaii, and Japan. Which was the worst year on record for earthquakes? 1976. Major tremors in Guatemala, Italy, Russia, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, and Turkey killed about one million people. The earthquakes destroyed the homes of many millions more. Which country has the most earthquakes? Tajikistan, a country of tall mountains on the border of Afghanistan. Tajikistan has an average of 2,000 tremors a year.

Probably not. Yet some scientists do think catfish may change their swimming behavior when an earthquake is coming. Curiously enough, this ties in with an old Japanese folktale. It tells that earthquakes are caused by movements of a gigantic underground catfish! Which country has the best earthquake protection? Japan. Many emergency services swing into action the minute a quake hits. For example, a 1983 earthquake left 844,000 homes without electricity. The Japanese restored service to everyone in just a few hours.

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