Rooftoppers (Paperback)

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By Katherine Rundell, Terry Fan (Illustrator)
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The beauty of sky, music, and the belief in extraordinary things triumph in this whimsical and magical tale ("Publishers Weekly") about a girl in search of her past who discovers a secret rooftop world in Paris.
Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that 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 almost impossible means still possible. And you should never ignore a possible.
So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian, threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, they takes matters into their own hands and flee to Paris to look for Sophie's mother, starting with the only clue they have the address of the cello maker.
Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers urchins who live in the hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie's mother but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?
Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series, calls "Rooftoppers " the work of a writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination.

About the Author

Katherine Rundell is the author of "Rooftoppers", "Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms" (a Boston Globe Horn Book Award winner), and "The Wolf Wilder". She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.

Terry Fan received his formal art training at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His work is a blend of traditional and contemporary techniques, using ink or graphite mixed with digital. He spends his days (and nights) creating magical paintings, portraits, and prints. "The Night Gardener" is his first picture book. Visit him online at,, and on Facebook (Terry Fan Illustration).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781442490598
ISBN-10: 1442490594
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 3rd, 2014
Pages: 277
Language: English