Way Up and Over Everything
Publication Date: March 2008
Categories: Fairy Tales & Folklore - Black American
My great-grandmama’s mama told her and she told me this story about a long time ago . . .
So begins this account of the author’s great-great-grandmother Jane, and how she meets a slave new to the plantation, a slave who would prove to have magical powers . . . created by the wish for freedom. Alice McGill remembers this story, passed down in her family through the generations, from her childhood and how her greatgrandmother told it to her as if unveiling a great, wonderful secret. My siblings and I believed that certain Africans shared this gift of taking to the airway up and over everything.’”
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.
"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