Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, narrated by Nicola Barber
Reviewed by Anne Strang, Children’s Librarian
How amazing it is to be a children’s librarian. We get to read so many magical books as part of our job, and Rooftoppers is one of the best I’ve read in awhile. It’s just a magical story, and I encourage you to read or LISTEN to it, as it is available as a book-on-CD, with an excellent narrator!
The story begins with a baby pulled from the Thames River in London, floating in a cello case, after the sinking of the Queen Mary. A kind but eccentric bachelor, Charles Maxim, steps forward as her guardian, and the first half of the book explores Sophie’s rather unusual upbringing, in the quirky home that Charles lovingly provides for her. Charles’s favorite expression is “never ignore a possible,” and when Sophie turns 12 and the authorities try to take her away from Charles, the two flee to Paris. Using a slim clue found in the cello case, they try to find Sophie’s mother, who perhaps did not perish when the Queen Mary went down.
Once in Paris, Sophie finds an unlikely ally in her search, an orphan named Matteo, who survives on his own by keeping to the roofs of the city. The adventure continues as Matteo and his fellow rooftoppers assist Sophie in most unusual ways. Discover what Sophie finds, by reading this story, highly recommended for children age 9 and up.
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