Mini Book Review: Rooftoppers

Rooftoppers CoverBook: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Published September 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|Pages: 278

Where I Got It: I borrowed the paperback from a friend

Series: None

Genre: Middle Grade Historical Fiction/Adventure

You can find Rooftoppers on goodreads|You can find Katherine Rundell on Twitter

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Rooftoppers is such a cute book!  I liked Sophie and I totally wanted to adopt her.

She definitely had quite an adventure going to Paris to look for her mother, who everyone else thought to be dead.  I also liked the idea of orphans and runaways living on the roofs of buildings all over Paris.  I loved her relationship with her guardian, Charles, and how he let Sophie be who she was, even though others thought it wasn’t proper for a single man to be raising a young girl, and that she wasn’t acting the way a young girl should.  But I love that Sophie’s a free spirit, and that she believed her mother was still alive, even when others believed it wasn’t possible.

And so Sophie finds herself in Paris, where she meets Matteo and his group of rooftoppers.  They help her find her mother, while having some adventures along the way, and I did like seeing Paris from a very different perspective than what you’d normally see.

I’m a bit conflicted about the ending.  I mean, I didn’t like that the book just kind of ended with Sohpie meeting her mom, and that we got a little bit of what happened with Sohpie after finding her mom.  Especially because that’s what the book was building up to.  But it’s also a good place to end the book, and you’re wondering what did happen.  So it being a little open-ended is both interesting and slightly annoying.

Final Thoughts:

Rooftoppers is cute and charming, and I couldn’t help but like Charles and Sophie.  Rooftoppers gets 4 stars.


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