After a ship accident Sophie was rescued by eccentric Charles Maxim when floating in her mother’s cello case on the Channel. He took charge of her and she can’t imagine living without him. Unfortunately, Sophie is to be removed to an orphanage nevertheless. As Sophie believes that she will find her lost mother in Paris, she and Charles flee there. But due to their enquiries the British authorities meanwhile know where Charles and Sophie are.
During one of her nocturnal trips Sophie meets a boy on the rooftop of her hotel. Matteo is a rooftopper and lives on the rooftops of Paris like lots of other children. Finally, she gets a tip from them on where to find the cellist who has been playing on the rooftops for a long time. But looking for him is very dangerous because the Gariers are after her. And these rooftoppers are not to be trifled with.
This book is suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years of age.
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. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.