I love stories set in other parts of the world and this thought-provoking adventure set in Tibet was a pleasure to read. In fact I enjoyed it so much I read it a second time!
It tells of two children, Tash and Sam, who live with their families in a small village in Tibet. Their lives aren’t easy with the constant presence of soldiers keeping a lookout for supporters of the Dalai Lama and the old ways before the Chinese took over Tibet.
Inevitably, the authorities catch up with Tash’s father for his involvement with the resistance and one night her parents are arrested. Tash decides the only thing to do is to find the Dalai Lama and ask for his help.
So, with her friend Sam and two wonderful yaks called Eve and Bones, they embark on a perilous journey across the Himalayas, encountering hunger and cold, snipers, exhaustion and fear along the way. The Dalai Lama lives on the far side of the Himalayas in Darjeeling and they have to reach him before winter sets in.
The characters are well drawn and getting to know the two yaks is a wonderful bonus! Apart from being an exciting story, it also highlights the plight of the Tibetan people and their strong desire to have their country back. The book itself is beautiful to hold and look at, with its stunning cover and delicate mandala-style spreads for each new chapter.
Do try it - you won’t be disappointed.
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