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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: 9781442490581
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Rundell, K 2013
Characteristics: 277 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.5 6.0 161195
Additional Contributors: Fan, Terry - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Roof toppers


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Apr 07, 2018

It was not my favorite book. I read the first three chapters and gave up, but then again this is not my type of genre.

Oct 02, 2017

Ditto to all the positive comments already expressed. One more thing I loved: When the quest was over, the book ended. No anticlimactic ending to steal from the experience.

Jul 24, 2016

I really loved this book. It's not like books I normally read but I'm glad I did. This book has something for everyone. I was hooked from beginning to end.

Mar 17, 2016

This is a very fantastic book and everybody should have read it or seen it.Rooftoppers is definitely one of my favourite books I have ever read. I recommend this book to people who likes adventures and people who likes interesting description and language. I LOVE IT!!

Dec 22, 2015

One of the best jr books I've read this year. Magical without a wand in sight. I'd recommend to kids and adults.

Jul 19, 2015

This is the story of Sophie, a baby found floating in a cello case after her ship sinks. The first few chapters tell growth into a strong 12 year old character; the subsequent chapters her adventures on the run. Together they make up a wonderfully endearing story.

First off, Charles (guardian of Sophie) has all the best lines. One of many great bon mots from this character - "I know these sorts of people. They're not men. They're mustaches with idiots attached." He provides a strong male character, guiding without taking over the story. Other supporting characters arrive later on, each well detailed an interesting. One quibble - the few antagonists are mere cardboard cutouts; this is more a tale of adventure than of conflict.

The setting the rooftops of Paris, beautifully described and a solid part of the story. The language and length are perfect for a young adult novel. The head of each chapter has a small illustration of something coming in the following pages; it was a fun game to guess how it would appear.

Read this aloud with my daughter, aged 11, and she thought it should be rated 6 stars out of 5. Definitely looking forward to more from this young author.

Jun 05, 2014

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.

Apr 13, 2014

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

JCLChristiH Mar 26, 2014

Beautifully written.

ChristchurchLib 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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Jul 20, 2015

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