Another month, another book club! In April we’ll be reading … drum roll…
ROOFTOPPERS by Katherine Rundell
This book has been on my radar ever since I first caught sight of it on publication. I loved the idea of a little girl found floating in a cello case (a kind of modern day musical Moses!). The plot sounded quirky and original – just up my street. Apparently the author was inspired to write this book by her summers working in Paris (which is where the book is set) and by night-time trespassing on the roof of All Souls in Oxford! I think the jacket is gorgeous too, with that lovely, flowing, script for the title.
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.
I cannot wait to read about the fate of Sophie, her eccentric guardian and her unconventional childhood – and to find out what really did happen to her parents.
Rooftoppers is now shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. So we must be onto a rich and rewarding read here. I do hope you will join me in reading a book that looks set to be an absolute treat.
Will you be reading along with us? We’ll post our review at the end of the month. You can follow us on GoodReads to see how we’re doing!