Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell


Written by Katherine Rundell

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Overall Winner and Winner of Fiction for 5-12's category 2014 Waterstones Children's Book Prize

Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Story

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014

Abandoned as a baby, Sophie’s determination to find her missing mother leads her to Paris where she meets Matteo, living off the local pigeons, washing in rainwater and travelling unseen across the great roofscape of Paris. With Matteo’s help Sophie learns the tricks of roof-top living and also how to break into buildings and bamboozle officials – exactly the trick she needs to find her mother. An exciting, tender and original adventure.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize


Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

My mother is still alive, and she is going to come for me one day. 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.

About the Author

Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell was born in 1987 and grew up in Africa and Europe. In 2008 she was elected a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. Her first book,The Girl Savage, was born of her love of Zimbabwe and her own childhood there; her second, Rooftoppers,was inspired by summers working in Paris and by night-time trespassing on the rooftops of All Souls. She is currently working on her doctorate alongisde an adult novel.

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288 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber

Publication date

7th March 2013




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