Today I am so excited to be talking about an adorable, yet awesome, book called Running on the Roof of the World. A huge thank you to Algonquin Young Readers for sending my one of my new favorite midgrades!I love it so much I made a face like Gina right here.
Running on the Roof of the World, by Jess Butterworth, follows the tensions in Tibet during the life of the Dalai Lama. Chinese soldiers are killing Buddhists for even saying his name, or protesting peacefully in their villages.
When a man sets himself on fire to protest the regime, soldiers tear through the village taking Tash’s parents to jail. Carryin a mysterious message, Tash and her best friend must cross unforgiving mountains to reach the Dalai Lama and ask for his help to free her parents.
This book is fast-paced and moving, its characters genuine with childish persistance and flaws. This triumphant story about a determined little girl is beyond empowering in the face of today’s religious and racial prejudice. Tash is proud of her identity. It is the strength that powers her through the harshest environments and all the way back home.
I binge read this book right before bed. I started and I just had to finish! Everyone from adults to children could benefit from meeting Butterworth’s resilient, beautiful characters. I, for one, am so thankful I got to read it.