New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 3.6
ship sinks in the English Channel under mysterious
circumstances and a baby wrapped in a musical score of a
Beethoven symphony is
found floating in a cello case. Charles Maxim, another
survivor, plucks the
baby along with her cello case out of the water, names
her Sophie, and takes on
the responsibility of raising her. Through the years
Charles’ methods of
child-rearing are considered by some totally unsuitable.
What’s wrong, I ask,
with eating food off
books, writing on
the walls, climbing trees and a girl wearing pants? When
Sophie turns twelve
the threat of being sent to an orphanage prompts her and
Charles to make a
hasty departure for Paris in search of her mother. Once there,
Sophie hides out in her hotel
room by day but escapes through the skylight to the roof
at night. Under
the tutelage of Matteo and other
children who refer to themselves as “rooftoppers” she
learns to travel on the
roofs above the streets of Paris via trees, drainpipes,
and even a tightrope.
While enjoying her freedom she is always listening,
hoping to hear her mother’s
Will Sophie find her mother and the mother’s love she so longingly wants? You’ll have to read the spell-binding story of ROOFTOPPERS to find out. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Book Award nominee, 2015)
|SUBJECTS: Guardian and ward --
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Homeless persons -- Fiction.
Roofs -- Fiction.
Paris (France) -- Fiction.
France -- Fiction.