Running on the Roof of the World Paperback – 1 Jun 2017
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Daring kids, sidekick yaks, Himalayan setting - all the ingredients of a smashing adventure. (Abi Elphinstone)
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)
This beautifully designed book is a richly atmospheric story of friendship, courage and survival. (Anna McKerrow BookTrust)
...a thrilling fable about hope, and the importance of holding onto what matters, no matter what. With its derring-do charm, and vivid sense of place, this follows in the tradition of classic adventure stories, and comes thoroughly recommended for fans of Eva Ibbotson, Lauren St John and Katherine Rundell. (Joanne Owen Love Reading 4 Kids)
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)
...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 Writered)
This is an excellent story it maintains a good pace throughout and is filled with insights into both Tibetan and Indian culture. (The School Librarian)
A richly atmospheric story of survival and hope set in Tibet and India, filled with friendship, love and courage. This young girl's thrilling journey to save her parents is an ideal read for fans of Katherine Rundell, Lauren St John or Polly Ho-Yen.See all Product description
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"Running on the roof of the world" reminds me of the adventure stories I enjoyed so much as a child. I liked that the story is completely contemporary and relevant.
The book won't be suitable for younger children as it describes an incident where a man sets himself alight in protest, but my eight- and ten-year-olds were able to handle this event fine and we spoke a bit about the history of the area from my limited knowledge (mainly from reading Seven Years in Tibet many moons ago). It's also refreshing to have a book based upon actual characters, like the Dalai Lama, that I could pull up pictures of on my phone.
The story takes follows two children who decide to flee Tibet to India when their parents are captured by the Chinese police. For much of the story it talks about their struggles in climbing over the Himalayas in freezing conditions and the few people they meet along the way. It's a pretty simple story but it's effective and I believe we all enjoyed it.
Pretty interesting to see an author cover this political topic in a children's book.
There is a constant sense of drama, fear, and yet always the hope beneath it as you travel across the Himalayas with Tash & Sam.
The narrative moves at pace, so you find yourself turning pages quickly.
The book carries not only a story, but the reminder of the struggles of people oppressed and what they are prepared to do to find the freedom they long for.