Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Illustrated by: Melissa Castrillón
For Ages: 8 - 12
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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 lovely and lyrical novel from the author of Rooftoppers, which Booklist called “a glorious adventure.”

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 the “witty, inventively poetic” Rooftoppers comes an utterly beautiful story that’s sure to be treasured.
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 256 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442490611 | 
  • August 2014 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7


Katherine Rundell on Carthwheeling in Thunderstorms

Katherine Rundell speaks about the adorable experience that inspired her to write her anticipated follow-up to Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, her childhood living in Africa, and why she believes life is absolutely worth living.

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About the Author

Katherine Rundell
Photograph by Blair Mowat

Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is the author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner), and The Wolf Wilder. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.