Rooftoppers: 10th Anniversary Edition (Paperback)Katherine Rundell (author)
This former Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year spins a magical yarn of a quirky orphan who takes up with a gang of urchins who scavenge on the rooftops of venerable Parisian buildings.
Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award
Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal
Everyone tells Sophie that she was orphaned in a shipwreck - found floating in a cello case on the English Channel on her first birthday. But Sophie is convinced her mother also survived. When the Welfare Agency threatens to separate her from her guardian and send her to an orphanage, Sophie takes matters into her own hands, starting with the only clue she has - the address of a cello-maker in Paris.
On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo and his network of rooftoppers - urchins who walk tightropes and live in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it's too late? Hopeful, inspiring and thrilling in equal measure, this is a classic adventure story about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 326 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination.' - Philip Pullman
'Rundell is an astonishing young talent and her books combine old-fashioned, edge-of-your-seat adventure with richly imagined characters ... Read everything she writes.' - Daily Mail
'I enjoyed it tremendously ... An ultra stylish writer with a true gift for imaginative storytelling. The next time I go to Paris I will be looking up at the rooftops.' - Jacqueline Wilson
'A rare and remarkable treat, witty and full of original thoughts ... This quirky book advocates curiosity, thoughtfulness, freedom and courage.' - Sunday Times
'Whimsical, beautifully written and as carefully balanced as the tightrope Sophie learns to walk, Rooftoppers is a sensitive and emotionally resonant novel with an uplifting message about the power of hope.' - BookTrust
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“my comfort book”
i first read rooftoppers when i was around 12 - the same age as the main character - and i felt so similar to her in every way. i will still read this book 8 years on if i need a reminder of who i was when i was 12.... More
“A future classic”
Katherine Rundell has a lyricism to her writing that makes you skip through her pages. Her characters are empathetic, brave and have that special wildness of youth - never seeming like mini adults. All her books have... More
“A Possible Favourite”
Set atop Parisian rooftops, this playful and imaginative story ticks every box: you’ve got the angst of a young girl trying to find her dead mother; a notorious gang of rooftop urchins hellbent on ruling every roof in... More
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