Still on a snow day here. I haven’t left my dorm in so long. But, on the bright side, I’ve been reading nonstop! And one of the books that I read in my snow-hibernation was the amazing Rooftoppers, by Katherine Rundell.
This book came to me in a funny way. I was at a book fair and Friends of the Library (an awesome organization) had a tent full of used books. I found Rooftoppers at the bottom of a huge stack and I just knew I had to read it.
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.
This book had some of the best characters I’ve ever read! Charles, the guardian, reminded me of a younger, funnier Dumbledore. The MC, Sophie, was everything that I love in an MG female protagonist. She was plucky, persistent, brave, and she cared fiercely for her friends and family. I wish I had read this book when I was younger, elementary school Morgan would have revered Sophie.
I also loved the writing style of this novel. I looked like this while I was reading most of the book-
This novel was funny, original, and a genuinely enjoyable read. Now I want to go out and learn to jump between the roofs on my campus! Thanks, Katherine Rundell…
Final rating- 4/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂