Jess spent her childhood between the UK and India, and grew up hearing stories about the Himalayas from her grandmother. She's lived in India and even met with the Dalai Lama. She studied creative writing at Bath Spa and after a few years living in Louisiana, is now back in the UK, where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Jess Butterworth's love for the landscape and the animals she
describes shines through, creating an immersive world for Ruby and
the reader to explore and fall in love with. -- Sarah Mallon * The
I can see this book becoming a classroom staple for more than the mesmerising snapshots of India. The determined characters who persevere, who show a growing independence of mind to overcome difficulties and strive to achieve a goal by working together, all while being part of a spellbinding story, make this a must-have book for every classroom of 9- to 12-year olds. * Times Educational Supplement *
Jess Butterworth's love for the landscape and the animals she describes shines through, creating an immersive world for Ruby and the reader to explore and fall in love with. * The Scotsman *
Just finished this absolutely mesmerising novel set in the Himalayas, about family, grief, the importance of preserving our wildlife, and a baby kangaroo called Joey. Can't wait for this book to be out in the wild in April! * Mariana Mouzinho - Seven Stories *
A stunningly compelling & evocative tale [...] carrying with it an all-important message of preservation; of the potency of poaching; and of being at peace with the wild & the world; that will live long not only in the minds, but also in the hearts of its readers. -- Scott Evans * The Reader Teacher *
...beautifully crafted tale of 'standing up and being counted'. * Literary Curriculum *
Ruby is brave and gutsy, standing up for what she believes in. * A Little but a Lot *
Butterworth's vivid, energetic descriptions of the Himalayan landscape and wildlife are wonderful to read. Wrought from her own childhood memories and family stories handed down from her grandparents, you can really feel the abiding love and passion that sit at the heart of this book. -- Jill Murphy * The Book Bag *
I loved this book, which is about loss and starting a new life somewhere new, and about animals. Lots of them. * The Book Witch *
Jess's vivid, stunning prose brings the Indian setting to life in a way that makes you feel as if you`re in the world alongside the characters; experiencing every sense and emotion they are. I cried more than once reading this, and I could barely put it down [...] Yet another triumph from an author who is fast becoming an all time favourite of mine. * Golden Books Girl *
Ruby taught me about the importance of friendship and family, love, kindness, protecting animals and the planet, and having courage. I loved the message behind the story -- if there is something you care for and it is in danger, do anything you can to help it. -- Daisy, 9 * National Geographic Kids *
PRAISE FOR RUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WOLD
Daring kids, sidekick yaks, Himalayan setting - all the ingredients of a smashing adventure.