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Children's Book of the Month - Rooftoppers

Read an extract from Waterstones Children's Book Prize winner, Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell - our Children's Book of the Month for April...

Posted on 3rd April 2014 by Guest contributor

Sunset at the ocean near Cap Frehel Brittany France (© Shutterstock.com/Nailia Schwarz)

On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.

It was the only living thing for miles. Just the baby, and some dining-room chairs, and the tip of a ship disappearing into the ocean. There had been music in the dining hall, and it was music so loud and so good that nobody had noticed the water flooding in over the carpet. The violins went on sawing for some time after the screaming had begun. Sometimes the shriek of a passenger would duet with a high C.

The baby was found wrapped for warmth in the musical score of a Beethoven symphony. It had drifted almost a mile from the ship, and was the last to be res- cued. The man who lifted it into the rescue boat was a fellow passenger, and a scholar. It is a scholar's job to