Rundell, Katherine

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie's mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."

Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1442490586
Branch Call Number: FICTION Run
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fan, Terry
Alternate Title: Roof toppers


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When authorities threaten to take Sophie from Charles who has been her guardian since he found her in the midst of the wreckage of a ship, the pair go to Paris to try to find her mother. There they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."

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Jun 05, 2014
  • CD1982 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book for ages 8-12 to read! It's well written and entertaining enough to keep an adult's interest as well.

May 23, 2014
  • jazpur rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I heard about this book on a radio review.It's just delightful. The language is beautiful and very descriptive. I love the adventurous spirits of the quirky main characters. It would make a wonderful film. My granddaughter is just the right age to read it and she enjoyed it too

Mar 26, 2014
  • JCLChristiH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautifully written.

Dec 29, 2013

"When scholar Charles Maxim discovers baby Sophie floating in a cello case among the remains of a shipwreck, he decides to keep her, and the two of them form an unconventional but loving family. Once Sophie is 12 years old, they follow the clues from the cello case to Paris, where spirited orphan Matteo and his roof-dwelling friends help Sophie in the search for her long-lost mother. If you're spellbound by Rooftoppers' breathless adventure and lyrical portrayal of 1890s Paris, you'll savour the mysterious atmosphere of Venice in Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord." Kids' Books December 2013 newsletter


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