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

Over A Thousand Hills, I Walk With You

Written by Hanna Jansen

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An incredibly moving story of how the young survive tragedy, this is based on the true story from the Rwandan war of 1994. Eight year old Jeanne is orphaned when her parents are killed by the Tutsi. Every thing she knows is lost but, thanks to the kindness of others, most notable Hanna Jansen who writes the story, Jeanne learns to carry on in different ways and in a different life but still with happiness.


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

Before that fateful April day, Jeanne lived the life of a typical Rwandan girl. She bickered with her little sister, went to school, teased her brother. Then, in one horrifying night, everything changed. Political troubles unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group.


This is an extraordinary and devastating book. It needs to be on the school curriculum, like the Diary of Anne Frank, or All Quiet on the Western Front. I will never forget it. Emma Thompson At its heart the Rwandan tragedy was profoundly personal. Personal for every man, woman and child who experienced the terror, who lost those they loved. This novel captures with great poignancy the terrible cost to the youngest and most vulnerable. Fergal Keane Remarkable ... a profound and often beautiful book. Observer At times I couldn't bear to carry on reading...vividly told. Berlie Doherty A powerful testimony of the genocide in Rwanda, and the events leading up to it. Mary Blewitt, SURF - the Rwandan Genocide Survivor's Fund

About the Author

In 2000, Hanna began writing again, and has since published four children's books. She is currently working on her first novel for adults. Her projects deal with themes of prejudice, racism, and exclusion and raise readers' empathy for victims of cruelty. Her book Über tausend Hügel wandere ich mit Dir (Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You), a young adult novel based on the real-life experiences of her adopted daughter Jeanne d'Arc Umubyeyi, won Germany's prestigious Buxtehuder Bulle Literary Award in 2003. Translated into English by Elizabeth D. Crawford, Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You is being published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, in 2006.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2007




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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