Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell)

I know it’s been a little while since I last wrote, and I do apologise, the libraries at school have been rather busy of late.  I will endeavour to blog more frequently henceforth.

I have just finished reading Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell, which has been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (awarded annually to the writer of an outstanding book for children) and is the winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2014.  It is a wonderful novel, beautifully written and well-deserves its nomination for the Carnegie Medal, and Waterstone’s prize.

The novel tells Sophie’s story: she is believed to be orphaned after a shipwreck in the English Channel, in which her mother disappeared.  Sophie was found floating in the sea in an empty cello case, wrapped in the score of a Beethoven symphony for warmth, and rescued by quiet academic, Charles Maxim, who then sees it his duty and care to bring Sophie up.  She receives the attention of a father from a man who had not previously known such cares, but who does a brilliant job as an unwitting parent, even if it is, somewhat, unconventional.  They rub along nicely and uneventfully until the authorities decide that Charles should no longer look after Sophie when she reaches her 12th birthday.  Sophie and Charles then decide to embark on an adventure to find Sophie’s mother in Paris, Sophie has a strong feeling that she is still alive and that she will find her one day…  They encounter all kinds of adventures but you must read the book to discover the excitement of Paris, and Sophie’s nocturnal adventures with children who live amongst the rooftops and trees.

Enjoy this novel!  I’d like to wish Katherine Rundell all the very best with the race for the Carnegie title, she would be a very worthy winner!Rooftoppers

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