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Author: Katherine Rundell Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2015 ISBN: 9781490662497
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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Rundell writes with a beautiful voice…both gripping and profound.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “Katherine Rundell once again demonstrates her ability to weave a story with a strong, determined female character…This one’s for readers who appreciate the classic elements of storytelling with a twist.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “A gripping, magical, and heartwarming tale of resilience, friendship, and hope.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Rundell’s language soars in this portrait of a fierce and largehearted girl.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “With debut novel Rooftoppers, Rundell showed her capacity to write an entertaining story featuring a courageous female protagonist; this second novel surpasses by virtue of its striking, soaring prose.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Rundell’s vivid and compelling prose brings both worlds to life on a visceral level and propels her characters forward. Readers will be engaged by Will’s voice (and her colorful linguistic twists), ache for her through her sorrow and loss, and celebrate her newly sparked confidence and resolve. Warning: there will be cartwheels!”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • "Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms is a treasure of a book.”


  • “Instead of making Zimbabwe some mysterious ‘other’ place, she imbues it with color, love, and vibrancy…Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms offers readers a sympathetic and enticing portrait of a part of the world they might not have heard of before reading this book, but will certainly be intrigued by ever after.”


  • “Bianca Amato narrates with compassion. Her joy is contagious as Will rides through the Zimbabwean countryside with the wind whistling through her ears. At the new school Amato makes Will’s loneliness palpable. Amato’s supporting characters are also distinctive—especially Daniel’s feisty grandmother, who helps Will set her future course.”


  • Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms is the work of a writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination. I admire her novels very much, and I hope they find the success they deserve. I’m certainly looking forward to her next.”

    Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials Series

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About the Author

Katherine Rundell is the author of The Wolf Wilder, The Explorer, Rooftoppers, and Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Belgium, and England 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.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato, winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002.