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Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

images“On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.”  From this inauspicious opening sentence through to the satisfying conclusion, Katherine Rundell delights with an imaginative tale for middle grade readers.  While Sophie joins a legion of plucky orphans found in children’s literature, she and her guardian Charles, a fellow passenger on the doomed ship, have their own humorous and endearing ways of doing things, including searching for Sophie’s mother.  The National Childcare Agency threatens to separate them so Sophie and Charles escape England. They follow the only clue they have about Sophie’s past which is a Parisian address on the cello case that once saved her. It is in Paris that Sophie ventures up to the rooftops and discovers the world of “sky-treaders,” the children who live outside but are not homeless. Sophie never gives up the hope that she will find her mother. This strength of spirit, combined with the love and support of Charles as well as the new friendships she makes on the rooftops, give Rooftoppers a warm glow.  They follow the music throughout their adventures to find the things that matter most.  (AR 3.5, Lexile 490L)

Melissa F.


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