Academic journal article Language Arts

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Academic journal article Language Arts

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms Written by Katherine Rundell Illustrated by Melissa Castrillón Simon & Schuster, 2014, 256 pp., ISBN 978-1-442-49061-1

Wilhelmina Silver, better known as Will, is fittingly nicknamed Wildcat by her adoring father, an English foreman at Two Tree Hills Farm. Her fierce and fearless spirit soars on the Zimbabwe rural landscape she calls home. There she is connected to people, animals, and the vibrant terrain itself. She climbs trees; outruns and outrides her friends, the horseboys; and is free to trust her own instincts and decisions. When her father dies from malaria as her mother did, Will is sent away to boarding school in England and meets a harsh new reality. Zimbabwe was a land rooted by connection and community for Will, yet in the stark British school for girls, she finds nothing but disconnection and self-doubt. …

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