Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Book - 2014
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"Will must find her way after she's plucked out of a wonderful life in Zimbabwe and forced to go to boarding school in England"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Edition: First US edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781442490611
Branch Call Number: J FIC RUNDE K

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Citto
Mar 20, 2017

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

i found the first chapters boring....

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Herne
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.

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marthabwaters
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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