Way Up and Over Everything

By: Alice McGill

Illustrator: Jude Daly

Jane is a slave on a Georgia plantation in 1842. One evening, five newly enslaved Africans suddenly disappear from the slave quarters. Jane follows the overseer and master and finds the slaves in the field, whirling rapidly around in a circle. One by one, they step up in the air, move their arms like wings, and rise into the sky. A tale about the power of and desire for freedom, when "Africans could fly like birds-way up and over everything." Author's note. Full-color watercolor illustrations.

ISBN: 9780618387960

JLG Release: Apr 2008


Sensitive Areas: none
Topics: Slavery , Food , Names , Forced labor , Cruelty , Disappearances , Dogs , Searches , Language , Flying , Escape , Memory , Generations

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Awards & Honors

2008 School Library JournalBest Books, Picture Book; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2009, Folktales

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine*, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal*

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McGill conveys the powerful consolation of imagined freedom. Jane, a slave, witnesses the arrival of five newly purchased Africans. They escape and, hand in hand, spring aloft, vanishing into the sky. Daly's figures are slim and spare in an airy, stylized setting that enhances the glorious sense of freedom seized against all odds. Dramatic pacing a McGill conveys the powerful consolation of imagined freedom. Jane, a slave, witnesses the arrival of five newly purchased Africans. They escape and, hand in hand, spring aloft, vanishing into the sky. Daly's figures are slim and spare in an airy, stylized setting that enhances the glorious sense of freedom seized against all odds. Dramatic pacing and vivid details add immediacy.

Book Details

ISBN

9780618387960

First Release

April 2008

Genre

Folktale

Dewey Classification

398.2 E

Trim Size

10" x 9 5/8"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 2;

Lexile

Level AD660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

none

Topics

Slavery, Food, Names, Forced labor, Cruelty, Disappearances, Dogs, Searches, Language, Flying, Escape, Memory, Generations,

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