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READ & DOWNLOAD É Rooftoppers õ ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Rooftoppers Author Katherine Rundell – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 remembe Everyone thinkClue 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 ho.       They told me that she was dead and I didn’t believe them Why did she believe it Why didn’t she keep looking      My darling because she is an adult      Sophie ducked behind her hair Her face was hot and tight and angry That’s not a reason      It is my love Adults are taught not to believe anything unless it is boring or ugly      That’s stupid of them she said      Sad child but not stupid It is difficult to believe extraordinary things It’s a talent you have Sophie Don’t lose it It is difficult to believe extraordinary things when you're an adult But children can which is why Katherine Rundell's wonderfully fanciful book won both the Waterstone and Blue Peter prizes for children's literature when it came out in 2014 By the same token it is difficult for an adult to review; we can celebrate the times we share a childlike delight certainly but how can we be sure that when it gets a little repetitious to us it is not in fact drawing the child reader even deeper into its spellAnyway first things first The book begins with a shipwreck Of the ueen Mary no less—clearly fiction but also putting us adults in mind of the Titanic and an earlier 20th century time period A one year old baby is found floating in a cello case and one of the other passengers rescues her       The baby was found wrapped for warmth in the musical score of a Beethoven symphony It had drifted almost a mile from the ship and was the last to be rescued The man who lifted it into the rescue boat was a fellow passenger and a scholar It is a scholar’s job to notice things He noticed that it was a girl with hair the color of lightning and the smile of a shy person      Think of nighttime with a speaking voice Or think how moonlight might talk or think of ink if ink had vocal cords Give those things a narrow aristocratic face with hooked eyebrows and long arms and legs and that is what the baby saw as she was lifted out of her cello case and up into safety His name was Charles Maxim and he determined as he held her in his large hands—at arm’s length as he would a leaky flowerpot—that he would keep her As the lady from the National Childcare Agency will often point out Charles has little idea of how to bring up a female infant But he is both imaginative and kind Soon Sophie for that's what he calls her is enjoying the kind of upbringing any child would dream about with lots of exciting things to explore and no silly rules about dressing like a little lady or not writing on the walls Charles's idea of a perfect birthday treat is eating a tub of ice cream on top of a coach and four galloping around Hyde Park in the rain And he reads to her from Shakespeare and takes her to concerts at one of which she hears a cello and falls in love So he buys her one       The cello they bought was small but still too large to play comfortably in her bedroom Charles unstuck the skylight in the attic and on the days on which it did not rain Sophie climbed onto the roof and played her cello up amongst the leaf mold and the pigeons      When the music went right it drained all the itch and fret from the world and left it glowing When she did stretch and blink and lay her bow down hours later Sophie would feel tougher and braver It was she thought like having eaten a meal of cream and moonlight When practice went badly it was just a chore like brushing her teeth Sophie had worked out that the good and bad days divided half and half It was worth it Sophie's comfort with rooftops will come in handy later For when she is twelve the National Childcare Agency tell Charles that she must go to a Home to be Properly Looked After Finding a label concealed inside the cello case that shows it was made in Paris they realize that Sophie's mother might have been French so they escape across the Channel to look for traces of her All they can afford is a cheap hotel where Sophie has an attic room with a skylight and once again she climbs up to practice on the roofOn their first day Charles and Sophie find the cello shop and locate an assistant who remembers a beautiful woman who preferred to play solemn pieces very fast so that people could dance to them He demonstrates with a snatch of Fauré's Reuiem a piece that Sophie also knows While Charles pursues the trail by normal means Sophie finds her own way of continuing the search One night a boy of her age called Matteo appears at her skylight telling her to keep off the rooftops which are his personal domain Of course she refuses and of course they become friends and he takes her on a perilous journey to the roof of the Palais de Justice where he lives From the roofs at night he says you can hear sounds from all over Paris so Sophie begins to listen out for somebody playing the Fauré Reuiem on a cello at double speedKatherine Rundell says she was inspired by a 1937 book The Night Climbers of Cambridge Rundell a fellow of All Souls' College Oxford apparently enjoys clandestine climbing in the other place as well She also lists tightrope walking as one of her hobbies There is a chapter in the book where Sophie and Matteo balance for half an hour on a rope high over Paris feeding the birds that alight on their outstretched arms Magic for a child maybe but this is where my adult self kicked in; I could only handle it by dismissing it as ridiculous Too much of the latter half of the book left me behind and seemed repetitious as a result; I was going for four stars And yet now I know the author practices what she preaches I realize that this is only one layer of the meticulous detail with which she anchors her fantasy to reality And children will be far willing to climb the rooftops with her than this almost octogenarian who has trouble with balance even on city sidewalksAfter all this is an author who says she begins each day with a cartwheel for reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathlessFauré's Reuiem is of course a choral piece with no obvious passage for solo cello But Fauré did write a famous Elegy for cello and piano later orchestrated At first I took this as the typical mistake of a non musician wanting to include a reference to classical music But Katherine Rundell is so particular with her detail that I now think it is a deliberate transposition—like the reference to the ueen Mary which didn't sink—to preserve an element of fantasy within the appearance of normality or vice versa

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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. 4 12 stars This is pretty close to five stars and I might change my mind yet Just a beautiful lyrical and magical book even though there is no literal magic or fantasy elements karen pretty much nailed it when she said this was classic feeling This whimsical historical tale has something timeless and wonderful about it like all the best children's classics The characters are so well drawn and memorable and the writing sparkles with a certain bittersweetnessIt's about a spunky intelligent girl called Sophie who was found floating in a cello case in the English channel as a baby The man who found her Charles decides immediately to do the only natural thing raise and love this baby girl as if she was his own People will easily fall in love with Charles He is not a conventional parent and the child services certainly don't value his habit of letting a little girl wear trousers god forbid He is uirky weird and concerned with raising a happy child than one who fits into society's expectations Also this “I do I’m afraid understand books far readily than I understand people Books are so easy to get along with” There's something about his attitude and the way he speaks that gives me a Dumbledore vibeThe setting moves between the rooftops of London and Paris as our charming pair of criminals run from the authorities who wish to take Sophie away Behind this though is the search for Sophie's mother and all they have to lead the way is the cello and it's musicThere is so much love for life language and adventure in this book It has you wishing you were the kind of person who could go racing around rooftops at midnight seeing the whole of a beautiful European city laid out before youBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Pinterest

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RooftoppersHer 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. Short and sweet an urban fairytale targeted at children that should be reviewed in the spirit it was written and not by grown up standardsThe opening chapters remind me strongly of The Storied Life of A J Fikry but later developments turn original and distinctive proof that Katherine Rundell is not simply writing fanfic about a bookish bachelor who tries to raise a young girl on his own opposed by social services and keen on passing on his love for the written word I do I'm afraid understand books far readily than I understand people Books are so easy to get along with Charles Maxim is an unconventional scholar who tends to walk into lamp posts while reading He is also a typical Londoner who never gets out of the apartment without an umbrella When he saves a one year old child from a sinking cruise ship Charles decides he wants to keep her and gives her the name SophieSophie whose only possession is the cello box she was found drifting in lives for 12 happy years in Charles' household homeschooled in the most unconventional ways allowed to ask any uestion she likes read whatever she takes a fancy to and climb any tree or rooftop in sight Their iddylic existence is put in danger when social services decide this is no way to raise a proper lady It's not normal she said scribbling on her notepad It's not healthyOn the contrary said Charles The words in a house the better Miss Elliott Maxim and Sophie threatened with immediate eviction to an orphanage decide to run out of the country and head to Paris chasing a wild dream of finding the girl's mother from a clue hidden in the cello box Mother hunting becomes the main interest for Sophie Without impunding in any way her love for Charles the girl is in need of A place to put down her heart A resting stop to recover her breath A set of stars and maps The Parisian authorities prove to be even inflexible and corrupt than the London ones and Sophie only finds help and understanding in a band of outlaws and orphans like herself a group of lost children living like savages among the rooftops of the city Thus is the rooftoppers club born an a charming novel written A flock of starlings was called a murmuration The prose may seem at times a little condescending toward kids and preachy but I must point out again that its intended audience is 10 years old kids and not fifty somethings Adjectives like 'bouncy' 'twirling' 'skipping' 'dancing' and 'singing' are a good indicator for a happy story yet the author is skillful enough to introduce in the text powerful critical comments about the way we treat orphans and the way we stifle imagination in young children There were a few missteps that pulled me out of the story several times but they all can be dismissed as grown up foibles so I decided to put them in spoilers and not to detract from the overall positive impression this short story leftview spoiler a one year old child has no memories of events around him or her several times the claim is made that women rarely play the cello I am not sure what the intended timeline of the story is but I would like to point out that my favorite virtuoso on the instrument is Jacueline du Pre numerous descriptions of the Paris skyline from the rooftops yet not a single mention of Tour Eiffel and Sacre Coeur the two landmarks that are visible from any high point in the city a highly improbable traverse on a tightrope between buildings without any training described as 'a safer option' total dismissal of the numerous wide Paris boulevards that make rooftop crossing an unlikely proposition over long distances like from Notre Dame to Gare du Nord hide spoiler