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Friday, January 26, 2007

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You, by Hanna Jansen

WONDERFUL story. I really, really enjoyed this one. The POV of the young girl, and how she literally transformed from the innocent to the "know-to-much" personality. It's a limited interest, especially since high school students won't remember the Rwandan tragedies in the 90s, but there will be those who are very intrigued.

From the publisher's blurb...

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.

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