Over The River And Through The Woodsby J. P. Miller
The trip south to Jasper, Alabama, for the Lipscomb-Gray Family Reunion is one that the Johnson's look forward to each year. For Bernice and Leonard it symbolizes family, renewed spirituality, and homecoming. For eleven-year-old Tamika and her younger brother Douglas, it means the official start to summer. Six weeks of endless fun and adventure "down home" with
The trip south to Jasper, Alabama, for the Lipscomb-Gray Family Reunion is one that the Johnson's look forward to each year. For Bernice and Leonard it symbolizes family, renewed spirituality, and homecoming. For eleven-year-old Tamika and her younger brother Douglas, it means the official start to summer. Six weeks of endless fun and adventure "down home" with Grandma and Grandpa Stokes, Big Momma, Aunt Fran, and their thirteen-year-old cousin Tory. This holds true the summer of 1973 as the trio experience the journey of a lifetime by way of time travel into the darkest period in African American history as slaves. Together they plan their risky escape with Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad from the beginning to their deliverance to freedom in Canada.
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I am a student at a Catholic School in SC. I read your book and I liked it. Not only was it easy to read, but it made studying Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad interesting.
I just finished your book and it was wonderful! You are a tremendous storyteller!!!! I can see Over the River and Through the woods adapted to the big screen and even a play. Churches and school groups are always looking for innovative projects for Black History Month. (Author/Inspirational Speaker 'Plainly Writing & Telling the Vision!'
I think the subject matter is very intriguing. It's an interesting way to bring history to life through a fictional story. That is quite clever. I also like the time travel aspect. Dialogue is important in a book, and while I wish she'd used more of it, I really liked the slang/accent of Big Momma. I can actually 'hear' her voice as I read the book. I love the inspirational aspect of the book, too. It's quite touching at times. The old hymns, 'Count Your Blessings,' took me back. Loved it!!! Also, the storm and the description of the storm is strong ... good writing. (12th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards)
What starts as an innocent trip back home to the yearly family reunion becomes a living history lesson for eleven-year-old Tamika, her younger brother Douglas, and cousin, Tory. Summers spent in Jasper, Alabama have always been fun. A chance to spend time with cousins, grandparents and Big Momma is usually the order of every day, but this summer soon proves to be very different. The family thinks Alzheimer¿s has affected Big Momma. She seems to spend a lot of time talking to herself and tends to be in her own world. The children take Big Momma literally and soon discover that she is indeed talking to her own mother. As the children sit and listen to the conversation they are soon transported back to the days of Slavery. They experience a journey on the Underground Railroad with the great conductor herself, Harriet Tubman. Wonderfully written, Over The River and Through The Woods, chronicles a very important aspect of black history in terms any school aged child can understand and relate to. For younger children, I think this would be appropriate bedtime reading material. For older children and pre-teens, they can create an educational book report. This book would be a wonderful addition to school libraries as well as personal libraries of young African American children.
I think your book is one of the best that I have EVER read. It is history, family, truth, adventure, joy, present day emotions, and sometimes harsh reality, all rolled up into one and bound with a red and white wrapper. I've always thought that the book was blessed of GOD and so it is. You definitely put your heart into it. To hear about the book is one thing, but to read it is truly another thing. This is a work too wonderful to merely sit on shelves, so keep promoting it. It is 'A Gift' from GOD to you and from you to the World.