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Running on the Roof of the World

Jess Butterworth, Rob Biddulph


  • Action Adventures - chills, thrills and plenty of spills

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4 out 5

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.


Loved this book! Excited to share with my Reading Groups, short chapters with beautiful mandala illustrations. It made me think about the issues the main character Tash faces and encouraged me to research to find out more. Inspired me to add this to my Reading scrapbook.


Loved it. Felt I learnt a lot about the part of the world. Enjoyed the relationship that developed with the pet. Exciting adventure.


I’m quite guilty of mainly reading books with magical settings or based in the UK and part of my summer reading goal was to try and widen the settings and read books with more diverse characters. Tash and Sam are Buddhists living in Chinese-occupied Tibet. I really enjoyed reading about their adventures but it also made me think about the prior knowledge required to really enjoy the book. For example, yaks play an important role but I’m not sure many of my class would know what one looked like!


Great book that deals with a big issue in a easy to read way. Short quick chapters make it easy to read and makes you realise the danger the characters are constantly in. A good heroine who you can empathise with throughout the book


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