Running on the Roof of the World

Jess Butterworth / Children's

Book cover

UK Publisher

Orion Children's Books

US Publisher

Algonquin Books


San Paolo (Italian)

There are two words that are banned in Tibet. Two words that can get you locked in prison without a second thought. I watch the soldiers tramping away and call the words after them. ‘Dalai Lama.’ 

Tash has to follow many rules to survive in Tibet, a country occupied by Chinese soldiers. But when a man sets himself on fire in protest and soldiers seize Tash’s parents, she and her best friend Sam must break the rules. They are determined to escape Tibet – and seek the help of the Dalai Lama himself in India.

And so, with a backpack of Tash’s father’s mysterious papers and two trusty yaks by their side, their extraordinary journey across the mountains begins.


Daring kids, sidekick yaks, Himalayan setting - all the ingredients of a smashing adventure. Loved Running On The Roof Of The World.

- Abi Elphinstone

A wonderful debut. The book itself looks beautiful and the story of two young friends trying to escape across the mountains from Tibet to India is vividly told. Tense and incredibly moving, and it's beautifully written too. The prose is almost poetic at time. It's one of those books that will live with you long after you finish it.

- Claire Fayers (Author of The Accidental Pirates)

A gripping adventure, filled with danger, sorrow and hope.

- Miss Cleveland

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