Check out this book trailer produced by my daughter-in-law, Mica Hemingway.
Road to Tater Hill earned a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, was named to the 2010 Bank Street College’s Best Books List, and spent two years on North Carolina’s middle school Battle of the Books list.
“Like the best of children’s literature, Edith Hemingway’s Road To Tater Hill is timeless. The deep and universal emotions of pain and loss that her memorable, fully-realized characters share are as true today as they were in the story’s 1963 setting. Hemingway skillfully evokes the healing bonds of family and friendship in this sensitive, gracefully written tale—one that is sure to engage readers of any age.” - Joyce McDonald,
award-winning author of Devil on My Heels, Shades of Simon Gray, and Swallowing Stones.
“Drawing on the author’s childhood roots, the heart of this first novel is the sense of place, described in simple lyrical words: the soaring mountains and the valley rippling outward 'in waves and waves of fading blue' like one of Grandma’s patchwork quilts. True to Annie’s viewpoint, the particulars tell a universal drama of childhood grief, complete in all its sadness, anger, loneliness, and healing.” - Booklist
“The characters and setting are finely drawn and the author has an acute sense of how time seems to pass more slowly for children than adults. The love of family members for one another is heartwarming. A well-written and enjoyable novel." - School Library Journal
“Heartbreaking, powerful, moving - these are all words that describe ROAD TO TATER HILL. I found it to be one of the most gripping and moving books I have ever read." - Kayley (6th grade student) on Booktrends.blogspot.com
“Ms. Hemingway paints a beautiful portrait of the stages of grief and healing and combines it with a love of her own mountain home that shines clearly through... I envy the elementary level teachers who should all read this with their students." - Cindy, Library-Teacher
“This one had me at hello. From the very first paragraph, I was drawn into Annie's story." - Becky's Book Reviews
“The characterization was strong, the sense of time (1963) was strong, and the author kept a tight enough rein on the strong emotions so that it never veered into melodrama or sentimentality." - ACPL Mock Newbery Review