I gave this book to my 11 year old niece as a present. The attractive atmospheric decorative chapter title pages and the patterns printed on the page ends were the first thing she remarked on. She immediately started reading the book, and devoured a quarter of it in the first sitting. Her comments included how much enjoyed she hearing about the experiences of someone from such a different culture... and that she was learning a lot about Tibet...
"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.
I'm always on the look-out for a new book to read to my children and this book was a fantastic little adventure through Chinese soldier occupied Tibet.
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.
Great read. Perfect for my 11-yr old daughter - my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed too ;-) YES as per multiple reviews other reviews out there ... there are holes you can pick (main characters not having Tibetan names and some very far-fetched parts to the story) but overall a great introduction for kids as to the politics and culture of the region - some BIG thought-provoking issues and a great paced adventure story.
This a fantastic 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.
I have to fess up and admit the author is a local girl which attracted me to the book initially. I intended to read it and pass it to the year 4 class I work with locally. I loved the unusual choice of location and the story is fast paced with empathetic characters. Hopefully there will be sequels.