Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

Katherine Rundell

256 pages first pub 2011 (editions)

fiction childrens emotional lighthearted medium-paced


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 worl...

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Community Reviews Summary of 184 reviews


adventurous 83%
hopeful 83%
inspiring 83%
emotional 66%
sad 50%
challenging 33%
funny 33%
lighthearted 16%
reflective 16%


medium 50%
slow 37%
fast 12%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 80% | A mix: 20%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 100%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 50% | It's complicated: 25% | Yes: 25%

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