Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: 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 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 sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.
200words (or less) review: This is one of those books that whenever I confessed to not having read it I would get a look of disbelieve, followed inevitably by the words “but you must”. Having now read it, I can see why.
Rooftoppers is a wonderful, truly beautiful written story about not given up on ‘a possible’. Even when adults say it is not possible, because let’s face it adults don’t know everything. Apart from the story, which I’ll gush about in a moment, I loved Katherine Rundell’s writing. It’s ideal for reading aloud, if you were so inclined but also for reading to yourself and makes the Sophie’s world come alive around you.
After the disastrous assessment from the Welfare Agency, Sophie and Charles (her guardian) travel to Paris in search of Sophie’s mother. I thought Charles was wonderful as where Matteo and the other friends Sophie makes. The story is well paced and excited and the ending is lovely.
I’m very sorry it took me so long to read Rooftoppers but I have and yes everyone you’re right, it’s a must.