Book Review: Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Title: Rooftoppers
By: Katherine Rundell
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Pages: 278
Release Date: March 7th, 2013
Publisher: Faber Faber
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads:

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 read this story from cover to cover in one day. It was really unique and I had never read anything like it before. I loved how the characters have a whole world on the roofs of the buildings and they claimed sections of the city for different groups.

The villains in the story are really relatable. Who hasn't heard of child protective services trying to remove a child from a home they deemed unfit? This was the same case, but with a more exciting twist.

This book would be a great read for kids as it is set around a young girl with a strong will. Wonderful read. Five stars from me.

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