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Running on the Roof of the World by Jess…

Running on the Roof of the World

by Jess Butterworth

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Tash's community in Tibet is occupied by Chinese soldiers. When the soldier's come for Tash's family, Tash grabs her best friend Sam and flees across the mountains. Blizzards, nomads, hunger, and thirst are only a few obstacles they face.

I thought this was a great book for pre-teens. It is an adventure story that also shares a different culture and perspective. Overall, well worth picking up. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Dec 6, 2018 |
Explains the TIetan situation for younger students, it is exciting and covers much of the political issues as well as the locale and child appropriate adventure.
  LeonaL | Oct 30, 2018 |
Tash's father is part of the secret resistance in Tibet. After a man self-immolates in protest of the Chinese government, there is a crackdown on Tash's village. In the confusion of soldiers raiding their home, Tash escapes but her parents are arrested. Tash knows that the Dalai Lama can help so she and friend Sam decide to escape to India. It's a treacherous journey through the Himalayas for two kids with yaks and they must deal with storms and encounters with soldiers and other strangers. Who can they trust? Kids may need the context of Tibetan history to fully appreciate this book. Aside from that, readers will enjoy the suspense of Tash's journey and appreciate the fears involved. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Aug 22, 2018 |
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ADVENTURE STORIES (CHILDREN'S / TEENAGE). In this contemporary story, Tash lives in Tibet, where as a practicing Buddhist she must follow many rules to avoid the wrath of the occupying Chinese soldiers. Lately, things have been relatively peaceful, as long as Tash and her family hide their religion and don't mention its leader, the Dalai Lama. The quiet is ruptured when a man publicly sets himself on fire in protest. Soldiers break into Tash's house and seize her parents. She narrowly escapes, and soon she and her best friend, Sam, along with two borrowed yaks, flee across the mountains, where they face blizzards, hunger, a treacherous landscape, and the threat of discovery and capture. It's a long, dangerous trip to the Indian border and safety--and not every member of the group will survive. Age 9+… (more)

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