Katherine Rundell

No. of pages 277

Great for age 5+

Embrace possibility in this luminous novel about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in Paris.

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that 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 alivebut almost impossibleãì means still possible. And you should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophies motherbut can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell won the Best Fiction 5-12 years in 2014. It was nominated for the Carnegie Award. It currently has a 5 star rating on TheBookSeekers. There are currently no reviews for this book on this site. Click on the + buttons to include your own ratings.



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