When the Mountains Roared

Author(s): Jess Butterworth

Middle Fiction

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...

When Ruby’s dad suddenly uproots her and her grandmother from the Australian outback to run a remote hotel in the mountains of India, she is devastated to leave everything behind. Still recovering from the death of her mum 18 months earlier, Ruby is horrified to find the filthy hotel is full of scorpions and dead insects, and that the locals regard it as haunted. She and her new friend, Praveen, who loves animals as much as her, are suspicious of the hotel owners and start investigating.

From the author of the acclaimed Running on the Roof of the World, this is a touching adventure for ages 9 to 12 that focuses on friendship, endangered animals and overcoming grief.

- Ruth


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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 *

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.

General Fields

  • : 9781510102118
  • : Hachette Children's Group
  • : Orion Children's Books
  • : March 2015
  • : 190mm X 120mm X 20mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jess Butterworth
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 823.92
  • : 288