Rooftoppers – Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers is the first book I read by Kathrine Rundell. I think she will be one of the first few authors that will come to my mind whenever I want to read something cute. Here is a children’s book that I think every individual over the age of eight will enjoy reading. If you want to escape reality and wander around the roofs, this is a book that can make your inner child happy.


Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell

Rooftoppers is a book that I think people between the eight of ten and sixteen will enjoy. The main hero of the book, Sophie, is a highly sympathetic character, and I am sure that Charles will be liked more than Sophie by some. This book is one of those that will cause you to have severe feelings for fictional characters. That’s why it draws you into the story. On the one hand, you will escape from the government employees who are not sure what they do, on the other hand, you will explore Paris from the rooftops and try to find your way by following the notes.

Rooftoppers is an easy-to-read, cute and exciting book. If you are looking for a book to read at home with the children, this book can be an excellent book for your club! Together you can explore Paris and discuss each character in detail. If you do something like this, call me too! Enjoy!

Rooftoppers - Katherine Rundell


Join plucky heroine Sophie, her eccentric guardian Charles, and her intrepid orphan allies on the rooftops of Victorian Paris, as they encounter suspense and adventure that will keep kids of all ages on the edge of their seats right to the heartwarming end.

My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day.
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case and swaddled in a Beethoven score, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help…

Charles, a fellow survivor and an eccentric scholar, finds Sophie and brings her home to his London bachelor flat. Raised in a quirky home filled with music, words and love (though questionable diet). Sophie grows into a free-spirited tomboy with a taste for Shakespeare and the unshakeable belief that anything is possible. And you should never ignore a possible.

So when the child welfare agency in its bureaucratic wisdom threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage. The optimistic girl and her odd guardian flee to Paris on a quest to find her mother. Starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker.

Secured in an attic to evade the French authorities, Sophie escapes through the skylight. And meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers. Homeless urchins who tightrope walk above the busy streets below. Dining on pigeons and snails alongside the gargoyles and bell tower of Notre Dame. Together they set out on an unimaginable adventure, scouring the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught. And sent back to London – and most importantly, before she loses hope.

Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell is an English author and academic. She is the author of Rooftoppers, which in 2014 won both the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. And the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Story, and was short-listed for the Carnegie Medal.

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