How did I get it?:
I bought it at the lovely Storytellers Inc.
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.
I’d heard a lot of good things about Rooftoppers. When I was browsing the shelves at Storytellers Inc, this book immediately caught my eye. I’ve been getting into middle grade quite a lot recently, so I was happy to add this book to my collection.
Rooftoppers is a charming story about Sophie and her guardian Charles. Sophie was found floating in the English Channel in a cello case. Charles takes her in. Charles tells Sophie that it is impossible that her mother is still alive, as there were no recorded female survivors from the shipwreck, but it’s also possible that her mother is still alive. Charles teaches Sophie that the impossible can be impossible and that you should never ignore a possible. The Welfare Agency try to take Sophie away from Charles as they believe he’s not the right person to care for a young female. Sophie finds an address of the cello maker who is based in Paris. Sophie takes this clue and flees to Paris to search for her mother. Sophie meets Metteo and other rooftoppers. Together they search Paris for Sophie’s mother.
I thought Rooftoppers was an incredibly well written, heart-warming story. I loved the idea of ignoring what adults say is impossible and always having a glimmer of hope for the possible. It was a lovely message. I absolutely loved how individual Charles and Sophie were. Sophie’s relationship with Charles was so adorable. You could clearly see how much he cared for her. As exciting as Sophie’s rooftop adventures were, I kind of missed her interactions with Charles.
Rooftoppers is a quick and easy read which I think is destined to become a children’s classic!
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