Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms

Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms

Paperback - 2016
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Even a life on the untamed plains of Africa can't prepare Wilhelmina for the wilds of an English boarding school in this "gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope" ( Publishers Weekly , starred review).

Wilhelmina Silver's world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, every day is beautiful. But when her home is sold and Will is sent away to boarding school in England, the world becomes impossibly difficult. Lions and hyenas are nothing compared to packs of vicious schoolgirls. Where can a girl run to in London? And will she have the courage to survive?

From the author of Rooftoppers , which Booklist called "a glorious adventure," comes an utterly beautiful story that's "a treasure of a book" ( VOYA ).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
ISBN: 9781442490628


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Wilhelmina fights to make the best of things after a combination of unfortunate occurrences turns her exuberant, wild, and free life in Africa into a dreary, oppressive life in London.

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Mar 20, 2017

this is my fav book i wrote a report/ project for school

i found the first chapters boring....

Dec 07, 2016

I found this book quite amazing. I loved the gusto of the earlier experiences in Zimbabwe, and I felt with Will through her early days at the boarding school.

I felt that the period when she left the boarding school was a rite of passage, because by the time she was a few days on her own she was starting to use some of the things she had learned there.

I really was impressed with the 'voice' of Katerine Rundell. I will be making sure to read her previous book.

Feb 07, 2015

I liked this, but couldn't quite like it as much as I wanted to. It's the story of a young girl raised in Zimbabwe who is sent off to boarding school in London after the death of her father, thanks to her new guardian's horrible wife. There's a lot to like here--the protagonist, Will, has a very strong voice, and there's some nice messaging going on here--but I was frustrated by some of the overdone elements of the plot (evil stepmother, horrid boarding school bullies) and I found Will's cluelessness about the modern world frustrating at times...I almost wonder if this would have worked better as historical fiction, when I could have found her cluelessness about the wider world more understandable. Still, a good novel, worth a read.


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