When the Mountains Roared

By Jess Butterworth

Synopsis

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...

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Review

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 * 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 * 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 * A wonderful story of courage and hope. * Amy Wilson, author of A GIRL CALLED OWL * 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 * PRAISE FOR RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WOLD Daring kids, sidekick yaks, Himalayan setting - all the ingredients of a smashing adventure. * Abi Elphinstone * I loved this book, which is about loss and starting a new life somewhere new, and about animals. Lots of them. * The Book Witch * 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 * 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 * 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 * Ruby is brave and gutsy, standing up for what she believes in. * A Little but a Lot * 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 *

Author Biography

Jess spent her childhood between the UK and India, and grew up hearing stories about the Himalayas from her grandmother. She's lived in India and even met with the Dalai Lama. She studied creative writing at Bath Spa and now lives between Seattle and Somerset.