Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You

Über tausend Hügelby Hanna Jansen

Together with her big brother Jando and her little sister Teya, Jeanne is well looked after as she grows up in Rwanda. Her parents—both teachers and members of the Tutsi—educate their children with affectionate rigour.

But shortly after Jeanne’s eighth birthday her carefree childhood comes to a sudden end: in April 1994 the Rwandan genocide begins and in just 100 days a million people lose their lives. Amongst the dead are Jando, Teya and Jeanne’s parents.

Over a Thousand Hills I Walk With You narrates the story of an impressive girl that flees from the murderers of her family. The book tells of Jeanne’s fear and despair, but also of her courage, her pride and her unwavering will to survive the catastrophe. She starts a new life far away from Rwanda.

Jeanne’s story is unique yet her fate is exemplary of the plight and distress of innumerable people who suffer and experience migration and displacement today.

This is an extraordinary book. It needs to be on the school curriculum, like The Diary of Ann Frank or All Quiet on the Western Front. I’ll never forget it. – Emma Thompson

At times I couldn’t bear to carry on reading, I was so deeply affected by it. – Berlie Doherty

  • New, revised edition!
  • Winner of the Buxtehuder Bulle
  • Austrian Children’s and Young Adult Prize – Nomination
  • Goldmedal Indpendent Publisher Book Award
  • Friedrich-Gerstäcker-Prize – Nomination

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 304 pp | Feb 2015 | 14+

Rights sold: Dutch, English, Korean

[original title: Über tausend Hügel wandere ich mit dir]


by Hanna Jansen  Herzsteine

It’s a lot to ask: Sam is to go to school on the island of Sylt – far from his home town and friends. Sam’s mother Fe is the reason for the family’s move. Fe comes from Rwanda and fled her country during the genocide that took place 17 years ago. Her trauma has now caught up with her and she is in danger of getting seriously ill. The family hopes that living on the island will be good for her.

Sam is not the only odd one out at the new school and he’s impressed with how Enna bears the continuous mockery with calm self-confidence. They get close, but once again, Sam is swept away. This time, to Rwanda where he finally learns who is mother really is.

Superb! – five out of five stars in the Bücher magazine

A moving, sombre and beautiful story about the awareness of our roots. – Wiebke Schleser, Der BuchSegler

Hanna Jansen narrates Fe’s tragic story that carries a great ray of hope in a very emphatic and enthralling manner. – Sandra Rudel, Buchhandlung Schmitz junior

Hanna Jansen knows how to build suspense. Bit by bit does the reader find out who the voice behind the repeated narrations of a different life really is. Heartstones is a gripping book about a strong boy who finally dares to set out for a new beginning. – Bücher 03/12

[…] one of the outstanding young adult books this Spring. […] An unbelievably evocative book that gets under your skin. – Berliner Morgenpost, March 2012

Peter Hammer Verlag | hc | 208 pp | Feb 2012 | 14+

Rights sold: German (paperback rights)

[original title: Herzsteine]