Saturday, August 30, 2014

ARC Review: Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Kathleen Bundell

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms
by Kathleen Bundell

Genre: MG, contemporary
Published August 26th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Local purchase/order: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:
*This review is based on advance reading copy. 

Wilhelmina Silver or Will, grew up with animals and beautiful view of the sunrise in their farm in Africa. When her fate went twisted, she was sent to a boarding school in England--where Will obviously doesn't fit with her disheveled look, strong personality, and indifference with girls. The farm is all her life, Will cannot live in the urbanity of London.

Reading about Will's life is a painful thing to do. At first I got bored but after the twist, the story got more exciting..and more heartbreaking. Despite her struggles, Will remained strong and courageous. There were even a lot of times I forget she's only a child (like 7 or 8 years old, I'm not sure!) In the end, I'm thankful that the author gave Will (and readers) something to be contented and happy about. At least it wasn't entirely tragic. I'm glad for it, I had a good sleep that night.

This book encompasses love for family, friendship, and home. This book proves the saying/idiom, "Home is where the heart is." Realistic and touching, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms will tug every reader's heart. I would recommend this book not only to young readers, but also to mature readers.

*Thanks to Rino and Simon & Schuster for the review copy in exchange of an honest review!


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