Rooftoppers

Rooftoppers

Book - 2013
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When authorities threaten to take Sophie, twelve, from Charles who has been her guardian since she was one and both survived a shipwreck, the pair goes to Paris to try to find Sophie's mother, and they are aided by Matteo and his band of "rooftoppers."
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442490581
1442490586
9781442490598
Characteristics: 277 pages : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Fan, Terry

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This is by far the most beautiful book I’ve read in a long while. Katherine Rundell has an utterly unique and lyrical prose style that reminds me of Oscar Wilde. I was charmed and maybe you will be too. (submitted by LG)

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black_jellyfish_50
Jul 14, 2018

The characters were realistic and relatable. And I love the way the author added the music aspect. If you haven't read it you should, and if you have: do it again!

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VanessaMatelski
May 23, 2018

This book is full of interesting characters with unique relationships, on top of being an engaging story with a generous portion of mystery and a little action, too. It's the story of an odd little girl being raised by an odd man, who both embark on an odd and seemingly impossible quest--only to find much more than they thought was possible. It's no action thriller or fantasy drama, but it is an excellent adventure with characters who are likely to become new friends.

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violet_dog_11260
Apr 07, 2018

It was not my favorite book. I read the first three chapters and gave up, but then again this is not my type of genre.

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bobbobbereebob
Oct 02, 2017

Ditto to all the positive comments already expressed. One more thing I loved: When the quest was over, the book ended. No anticlimactic ending to steal from the experience.

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avao418
Jul 24, 2016

I really loved this book. It's not like books I normally read but I'm glad I did. This book has something for everyone. I was hooked from beginning to end.

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booklover613
Mar 17, 2016

This is a very fantastic book and everybody should have read it or seen it.Rooftoppers is definitely one of my favourite books I have ever read. I recommend this book to people who likes adventures and people who likes interesting description and language. I LOVE IT!!

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summergarden
Dec 22, 2015

One of the best jr books I've read this year. Magical without a wand in sight. I'd recommend to kids and adults.

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thomd
Jul 19, 2015

This is the story of Sophie, a baby found floating in a cello case after her ship sinks. The first few chapters tell growth into a strong 12 year old character; the subsequent chapters her adventures on the run. Together they make up a wonderfully endearing story.

First off, Charles (guardian of Sophie) has all the best lines. One of many great bon mots from this character - "I know these sorts of people. They're not men. They're mustaches with idiots attached." He provides a strong male character, guiding without taking over the story. Other supporting characters arrive later on, each well detailed an interesting. One quibble - the few antagonists are mere cardboard cutouts; this is more a tale of adventure than of conflict.

The setting the rooftops of Paris, beautifully described and a solid part of the story. The language and length are perfect for a young adult novel. The head of each chapter has a small illustration of something coming in the following pages; it was a fun game to guess how it would appear.

Read this aloud with my daughter, aged 11, and she thought it should be rated 6 stars out of 5. Definitely looking forward to more from this young author.

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CD1982
Jun 05, 2014

This is a great book for ages 8-12 to read! It's well written and entertaining enough to keep an adult's interest as well.

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thomd thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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