Way Up and Over Everything (Hardcover)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 9780618387960, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2008
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.’”
Praise For Way Up and Over Everything…
"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