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Way Up and Over Everything Hardcover – Mar 21 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 21 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061838796X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618387960
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,350,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Daly's delicate and elongated figures...present a bird's-eye view of the story." Booklist Feb 1, 2008 Booklist, ALA

"It's a tale that will have profound effect." Kirkus Reviews 05/15/08 Kirkus Reviews

"Kids will be fascinated by this classic." Starred Review Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"McGill’s dramatic pacing, vivid details, and pungent narrative voice give the story immediacy." Horn Book, Starred

"Inspiring and informative." School Library Journal, Starred

About the Author

Alice McGill is an award-winning author and professional storyteller. Among her books is the ALA Notable Molly Bannaky, winner of the 2000 IRA Picture Book Award and the 2000 Jane Addams Award. Alice McGill has toured to collect and tell stories in thirty-nine states, Canada, the West Indies, and South Africa. She lives with her husband in Columbia, Maryland.

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HASH(0xa5c35f84) out of 5 stars African-American legend of the slaves who floated their way to freedom March 28 2009
By Deb - Published on
Alice McGill's great-grandmama's mama was named Jane. She was a slave on Ol' Man Deboreaux's plantation in Georgia. They called him Ol' Man in private, but when they were working for him they were supposed to call him "master." In 1842 when Jane was sixteen, five more slaves were purchased for the plantation. A large percentage of the slave trade went through Charleston at that time, but Jane wouldn't have known that.

What Jane did know was that there were five new people coming to the plantation. There were two young men and three young women. The overseer wasn't very nice to them and instead of training them, he sent them right to the fields to work very hard. The whip sometimes would pop hard during a work day. It was a very difficult life for a slave. One of the young men tried to tell her that his name was "Edet." At least that is what she thought he was trying to tell her. But then the Africans were missing and the dogs were sent out after them! Legend has it, handed down by Jane's descendants, that they mysteriously floated up into the skies, one by one under the gaze of Jane, the Ol' Man and the cruel overseer. They warned her not to tell or there would be dire consequences.

"But Jane did tell. She told this story when she was a slave living in the quarters and she told it after she and her children escaped to freedom. And her children told this story too." And her great-great-granddaughter is telling it to us and I just loved it! This is a wonderful story to explore the history of slavery and the folklore that sprung up and was handed down through the generations by word of mouth.
HASH(0x9f375a74) out of 5 stars A great story of historical importance! Jan. 4 2016
By Fangirl40 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My seven year old daughter and I loved this book. Alice McGill tells this story, passed down through generations of her family, with realistic details that bring home the brutality of slavery, making even the smallest acts of resistance enormous risks, requiring great courage and tenacity. The story is a beautiful blend of reality and mystery.