Another holiday behind us, but this one was a little different… we and by we I mean Emilie, did actually get some reading done. In fact she was so engrossed, we worried that she was a little anti-social. I know I know, worried when they do, worried when they don’t! When the mountains roared gave my little girl so much to think about and be grateful for. The perfect story to move an animal lover anywhere. Dare I say – this may have even changed her perspective on some things? A mom can dream!

when the mountains roared

When the Mountains Roared – (Excerpt)

I thought we’d live here forever. But then I thought Mum would be here forever too. When Ruby’s dad uproots her from Australia to set up a hotel in the mountains of India, Ruby is devastated. Not only are they living in a run-down building in the middle middle of the wilderness surrounded by scorpions, bears and leopards, but Ruby is sure that India will never truly feel like home – not without her mum there.

Ever since her mum died, Ruby has been afraid. Afraid of cars. Of the dark. Of going to sleep and never waking up. But then the last remaining leopards of the mountain are threatened and everything changes, Ruby vows to do all she can to protect them – If only she can overcome her fears…

Our thoughts…

One of the first Jess Butterworth’s books Emilie has read, but I definitely don’t think it will be the last. A story full of adventure, and real relatable emotions of loss, devastation and grief. Ruby the lead character is absolutely devastated at the loss of her mother. This death has also opened her up to so many new fears and insecurities.

A grief process mixed with new surroundings, away from all things familiar. Ruby is very confused and notably fearful. The story takes us through Ruby really stepping up through compassion and finding courage, determination and bravery for a good cause, a cause she can completely understand. Death. Loss. Grief.

when the mountains roared

A sad heart warming tale of the amazing nature of one’s heart, the capability that even in brokenness a young girl, can still find the courage to be brave and strong to prevent others (in this case leopards) from feeling the same loss, and loneliness she is now forced to face. Butterworth describes the surroundings in such a warm energetic way that enables you to really see in your minds eye, every thing Ruby is experiencing in a tangible way. Her own experiences from India as a child definitely come through in her writing and adds to the absolute brilliance that is this book.

When The Mountains Roared, humbled my daughter to the understanding of loss, and that grief is a process and things eventually do get better whilst still alerting her to the problems facing animals, poachers and just how one little girl can make a difference even in a small way.

A definite recommended read from us to all animal and nature loving pre-teens!

In the Meantime – Have your kids read When the Mountains Roar? What were there thoughts?

Disclaimer: This book was sent to me with no obligation for review – as always all opinions and views expressed are our own.

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