Katherine Rundell

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Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book, The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers, was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. She is currently working on her doctorate alongside an adult novel.

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Katherine Rundell's books

  • Cover of the book, Rooftoppers.

    Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possi...(Read More)

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    based on 7,488 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Wolf Wilder.

    Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Ten minutes away, in a ruined chapel, lives a pack of wolves. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder, and Feo is a wolf wilder in training. A wolf wilder is the opposite of an animal tamer: it is a person who teaches tamed animals to fend for themselves, and to fight and to run, and...(Read More)

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    based on 4,439 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, The Explorer.

    Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

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    based on 2,354 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms.

    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 world is golden. Living half-wild on an African farm with her horse, her monkey, and her best friend, every day is beautiful. But...(Read More)

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    based on 1,700 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli.

    Timed for the release of Warner Bros.’s film Mowgli in October 2018 and Disney's release of The Jungle Book 2 in 2019, here is a beautifully illustrated companion to Kipling's classic, by a writer of extraordinary storytelling ability, that explores its timeless themes in a careful update.This wise and witty companion to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic is likewise a series o...(Read More)

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    based on 60 ratings.

  • Cover of the book, Just So Stories.

    A beautiful Macmillan Classics edition of Rudyard Kipling's well-loved Just So StoriesJust So Stories is a collection of Rudyard Kipling's tales about animals and their origins. Stories such as How the Whale Got His Throat, How the Leopard Got His Spots, and The Crab That Played with the Sea have been enchanting children for generations. Gloriously illustrated with the original...(Read More)

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    based on 42,921 ratings.