A richly atmospheric story of survival and hope set in Tibet and India, filled with friendship, love and courage.
Join 12-year-old Tash and her best friend Sam in a story of adventure, survival and hope, set in the vivid Himalayan landscape of Tibet and India. Filled with friendship, love and courage, this young girl’s thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for children aged 9-12.
There are two words that are banned in Tibet. Two words that can get you locked in prison without a second thought. I watch the soldiers tramping away and call the words after them. ‘Dalai Lama.’
Tash has to follow many rules to survive in Tibet, a country occupied by Chinese soldiers. But when a man sets himself on fire in protest and soldiers seize Tash’s parents, she and her best friend Sam must break the rules. They are determined to escape Tibet – and seek the help of the Dalai Lama himself in India.
And so, with a backpack of Tash’s father’s mysterious papers and two trusty yaks by their side, their extraordinary journey across the mountains begins.
Praise for RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
Daring kids, sidekick yaks, Himalayan setting – all the ingredients of a smashing adventure. — Abi Elphinstone
This unique debut novel is perfect for inspiring anyone who, like the dedication says, ‘has ever felt too small to make a difference.
The unique setting and Buddhist perspective adds depth to this page-turning adventure.
—School Library Journal
Short chapters and simple sentence structure keep the pages turning. The tale diligently provides details of Tibetan daily life, customs and culture, and it appropriately raises questions about freedom, occupation, and exile.
An accessible meditation on the value of faith in a distinctive geopolitical context.
—The Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books
[An] adventurous tale of survival. Twelve-year-old Tash embarks on an incredible journey with her best friend, Sam, encountering Chinese soldiers and the Dalai Lama. It’s a great opportunity for kids spending the summer at home to escape to a part of the world they’re probably not all that familiar with.
A wonderful story of courage and hope. — Amy Wilson, author of A GIRL CALLED OWL
A powerful, compelling story of hope, wisdom and compassion… — Steve Voake
A cracking adventure and survival novel set in the Himalayas which really makes you think about the plight of the Tibetan people. — Sarah Webb, Irish Independent
With a cover that sings of sunrise and adventure, and inside pages that hold intricate print designs and hidden yaks, this is a beautiful book to own. An eye-opening and somewhat different read. — Minerva Reads
This beautifully designed book is a richly atmospheric story of friendship, courage and survival. — Anna McKerrow, BookTrust
…one of those stories that gives its young readers an honest understanding of some of the awful things that go on in the world, but balances that understanding with a narrative of survival and hope… — Jill Murphy, The Book Bag
This is a fantastic book which is relevant to today’s crises: refugees, conflict and children growing up in war zones. Although there’s danger, gruelling journeys and battles to survive, there is also hope, and hope is the essence of Tash’s story. — Type Writers
A captivatingly classic adventure. — Love Reading 4 Kids
A cracking adventure and survival novel set in the Himalayas which really makes you think about the plight of the Tibetan people. — Irish Independent (Weekend Review)
There’s inevitably a political element to the story, pitched at just the right level, but this is also an exciting adventures with vivid descriptions of the landscape. A story relevant to the world that we live in today, told with compassion and understanding. — The Guardian
This is a wonderfully fast-paced read that’s a celebration of courage and integrity in the face of danger, and the importance of standing up for what you believe in. — Scoop
WHEN THE MOUNTAINS ROARED
A vivid, warm and atmospheric adventure set in the mountains of India, about a girl who is determined to protect the wild leopards of the mountain from poachers, perfect for fans of Katherine Rundell.
I thought we’d live here forever … but then, I thought Mum would be here forever too.
When Ruby’s dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Not only are they living in a run-down building in the middle of the wilderness surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, but Ruby is sure that India will never truly feel like home – not without her mum there.
Ever since her mum died, Ruby has been afraid. Of cars. Of the dark. Of going to sleep and never waking up.
But then the last remaining leopards of the mountain are threatened and everything changes. Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them – if she can only overcome her fears…
Praise for WHEN THE MOUNTAINS ROARED
A stunningly compelling & evocative tale […] carrying with it an all-important message of preservation; of the potency of poaching; and of being at peace with the wild & the world; that will live long not only in the minds, but also in the hearts of its readers. — Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher
Ruby is brave and gutsy, standing up for what she believes in. — A Little but a Lot
Just finished this absolutely mesmerising novel set in the Himalayas, about family, grief, the importance of preserving our wildlife, and a baby kangaroo called Joey. Can’t wait for this book to be out in the wild in April! — Mariana Mouzinho – Seven Stories
Butterworth’s vivid, energetic descriptions of the Himalayan landscape and wildlife are wonderful to read. Wrought from her own childhood memories and family stories handed down from her grandparents, you can really feel the abiding love and passion that sit at the heart of this book. — Jill Murphy, The Book Bag
Jess’s vivid, stunning prose brings the Indian setting to life in a way that makes you feel as if you`re in the world alongside the characters; experiencing every sense and emotion they are. I cried more than once reading this, and I could barely put it down […] Yet another triumph from an author who is fast becoming an all time favourite of mine. — Golden Books Girl
I loved this book, which is about loss and starting a new life somewhere new, and about animals. Lots of them. — The Book Witch
…beautifully crafted tale of ‘standing up and being counted’. — Literary Curriculum