Reviewed by Taylor Rector for TeensReadToo.com
OVER A THOUSAND HILLS I WALK WITH YOU is the horrifying novel that is based on a true story about the 1994 Rwandan genocide. This was a subject that I didn't know too much about until I read this book, which made me realize how horrible events such as this one are still happening in today's society. How we could let this happen is beyond me.
The book is written by the adoptive mother of Jeanne to tell the story that is often called the modern day Holocaust. As with the original Holocaust, many children were left to fight for themselves and try and find a new way to survive. Jeanne's family is killed and she is left to fend for herself, and the book is about how she achieves that.
When you read this book you aren't on the basic level of thinking. You are much beyond that. The imagery in this book is not good, because in no way do you want this to happen to anyone, but at the same time it's very real. I felt as if I were standing the fields and forests and homes of these people and was surrounded by people fighting for their lives.
This is the true story of a young girl that survived the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The girl, Jeanne, was later adopted by a German family, and Jeanne's story is interspersed with comments from her adoptive mother. It is helpful to understanding the story if you first do a little research about what happened in Rwanda - otherwise you will spend a lot of time trying to mentally form a context for this story. The girl, Jeanne, is not portrayed as heroic or idealistically, but she is a courageous survivor with a tenacious will. For those who thought the Holocaust taught the world a lesson, please read this book. We didn't learn enough. . .