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When the Mountains Roared

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Parveen introduces Ruby to some of the local customs and helps her to build a shrine to the Goddess to help. It’s her grandmother’s curiosity, stubbornness and willpower that’s been instilled within her that really makes Ruby take charge of the situation that she finds herself living in and to try her utmost, with her grandmother’s help, to seek a resolution. But despite this new found love of the mountains she soon discovers a dark secret that it hides - poachers. When Ruby's dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated.

That being said, I know I'm definitely not the target age group for this, and my standards are definitely higher than your average 9-12 year olds'. At first Ruby hates living in this remote location but as time goes on she makes a friend, learns about the mountains and sees how much help she can be to the local wildlife. The resources work as an introduction to the themes and ideas within the book, taking students’ understanding of the text to a new level and inspiring them to read further. The world isn’t yours to take without thinking about others … You can’t just hurt living things to get what you want. Jess Butterworth drew inspiration for ‘When the Mountains Roared’ from her own family stories, her grandparents’ travels to India in the 1960s and her own childhood experiences living with them at the foot of the Himalayas.Amy chose this book for me in my May TBR, and I am so glad she did because I loved this book and devoured it in one sitting. At the beginning of the story, Ruby faces the devastating news that her Dad is planning to uproot them from their Australian home and relocate to a remote mountain village in India to run a hotel. If you’re not already a huge fan of Jess and her books, then I can guarantee that you certainly will be after this one! She died some time ago, but her memories still haunt the family, from her taxidermy python (She used to study ophiology aka snakes) to her favorite color (orange). This book has it all - the mesmerizing wildlife of Himachal Pradesh in North India, from the butterfly migration to the giant rhododendron trees, the magical Holi festival, the ancient Ganges River, Bollywood .

No matter how hard I try, after everything that happened in Australia with the moneylenders, there’s still a part of me that doesn’t.In the same way as Jess Butterworth’s previous novel, Running on the Roof of the World, which is set in Tibet, the local culture, creatures and atmosphere are richly woven into the story. 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. Ruby becomes friends with Praveen, the Gaddi shepherd boy who keeps baby goats in his coat’s pockets, who teaches her Hindi words, who gives her porcupine quills to fasten her hair.

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