Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You

by Hanna Jansen

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Overview

Before one fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She fought with her little sister, went to school, and teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne’s family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They—along with nearly 1 million others—did not survive. The only survivor of her family’s massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. But through courage, wits, and sheer force of will, she survived. Based on a true story, this haunting novel by Jeanne’s adoptive mother makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide as one family experienced it. Jeanne’s story is a tribute to the human spirit and its capacity to heal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467765961
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Hanna Jansen was born in Diepholz, Germany, in 1946. For twenty years she worked as a teacher of Art, German Language, and Literature and wrote lesson units and texts for a large textbook publisher. Her first novel for young adults was published in 2000. Ever since, Hanna's books have been translated into many languages. Her novel Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You—about the genocide in Rwanda—received several awards in Germany and abroad. Hanna lives with her husband and thirteen children from all over the world—most of them African orphans—in Siegburg, Germany, near Cologne.

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Over a Thousand Hills, I Walk with You 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
babywitch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
very good. made me want to know more about rwanda. Got the sense of confusion and nowhere being safe because it was an event i don't know anything about.
MrsHillReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a horrifying read! Riveting tale of how things can change overnight. An ordinary life of a young girl becomes a nightmare tale of survival when there is political upheaval. I wasn't fond of the beginning of each chapter--I thought it was confusing and distracting.
sammynop on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about about a girl named Jeanne D'Arc. Before the Rwandan Genocide, she was a typical Rwandan girl. Then one day, Jeanne had to flee her home to escape jailors who were killing all the Tutsis. Unfortunately, Jeanne was the only one in her family who survived. Later on, Jeanne stayed with the Rebels until going to live with her aunt in Germany.I liked this book very much. I felt very sorry for her when she realized that her parents and siblings died. I admired her strength when she asked the Rebels for help.
hamiltonpam on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was gripping from the beginning sentence. It shows the ugly face of genocide, in a heartwrenching manner. I would highly recommend.
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am_glory More than 1 year ago
Jeanne's family is a respected family in their Rwandan village. Her parents are teachers. The children are taught responsibility and honor toward elders. They hire other Rwandans to work for them. Tribal hatred results in attacks. The community dissolves and lives are taken. Trust is gone. Futures plans are survival plans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Over A Thousand Hills I Walk With You is a great insight to the unbelievable massacre of millions of people in the genocide through the eyes of a survivor. Jeanne's adopted mother tells her story of survival. Jeanne had a family whom she loved very much and had a warm house to come home to every day. She was a playful second grade girl who was adventurous and enjoyed to outdoors. With a bad turn of events, within days she watched her house get destroyed, her family murdered and she was running for her life. Jeanne finally reached safety, but was not the same person she used to be. This book was interesting because it was not just facts about the genocide. It is a real story that a real child went through. I thoght Jeanne's adopted mother portrayed her story very well. This is a great book and provides a new perspective to the massacre of millions.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
OVER A THOUSAND HILLS I WALK WITH YOU is the horrifying novel that is based on a true story about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This was a subject that I didn't know too much about until I read this book, which made me realize how horrible events such as this one are still happening in today's society. How we could let this happen is beyond me.

The book is written by the adoptive mother of Jeanne to tell the story that is often called the modern day Holocaust. As with the original Holocaust, many children were left to fight for themselves and try and find a new way to survive. Jeanne's family is killed and she is left to fend for herself, and the book is about how she achieves that.

When you read this book you aren't on the basic level of thinking. You are much beyond that. The imagery in this book is not good, because in no way do you want this to happen to anyone, but at the same time it's very real. I felt as if I were standing the fields and forests and homes of these people and was surrounded by people fighting for their lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont agree with you people at all. This book was amazing. it wasnt slow. it just took patience. And just knowing the background for this story....it was brilliant. i believe that someone being able to tell what they went through is so amazing. So there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really expected a lot out of this book, the story seemed very promising. But although the story was interesting, it was slow and I didnt enjoy it as much as I though I would have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In all honesty, I was rather disappointed with this one. The story is that of Jeanne, a survivor of the mass genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Now living with a foster family in Germany, Jeanne told her story to her new mother, who in turn put the words on paper. It's not that the story itself isn't good, because it is...what that poor child went through is inconceivable to most. I was interested in the story line, but the way it was narrated bothered me. First of all, at the start of every chapter, the foster mother/author, Hanna Jansen writes a page or two. Usually some sort of anecdote, or a story of some sort. Which is all fine and good, but lady, I didn't buy the book to read what you think. Were you in Rwanda running for your life? Didn't think so. So shush and let the girl tell her story. It frustrated me. My second complaint is the overall language used in the book. There's no way that those words came out of a teenagers mouth. Sorry, but it feels to me like Jansen edited and embellished where she saw fit. Maybe something got lost in the translation and its not Jansen's fault at all, I don't know. Regardless, it irriated me. The book has so much potential. I was so excited to read it when I picked it up, but seriously folks, it was a disappointing one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over a Tousand Hills I Walk With You is a book about a Rawandan girl named Jeanne. Jeanne is the Author's actual daughter. All the horrors in the book were actual things that Jeanne went through and had enough courage to tell her adoptive mother about. The only reason I rated this book a four is because it is a little boring in the begining. After you get past that part, It is very good. This book gives you a taste of what many people went through in the Rawandan Genocide.