Rooftoppers

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 Synopsis

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.

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ISBN: 9780571280599
Publication date: 07/03/2013
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571280599
Publication date: 7th March 2013
Author: Katherine Rundell
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books, All Shortlists and Winners, UKLA Book Awards

About Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe and is now a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she works on Renaissance literature. She is the bestselling author of The Girl Savage, Rooftoppers, The Wolf Wilder and The Explorer. She won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2014, and the Costa Children's Book Award in 2018. Her writing – mostly on books, but also on climbing, on art and on wolves – has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, the Telegraph and Intelligent ...

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