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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Rundell Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781442366565
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Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck that 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 “almost impossible” means “still possible.” And 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 hidden spaces above the city. Together they scour the city in a search for Sophie’s mother, but can they find her before Sophie is caught and sent back to London? Or, more importantly, before she loses hope?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bold imaginative leaps carry the reader from one Parisian rooftop to the next in this unique and beautifully written tale of a girl in search of the mother whom everyone else believes is dead.”

    Maryrose Wood, author of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series

  • Rooftoppers is the work of a writer with an utterly distinctive voice and a wild imagination.”

    Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials series

  • Rooftoppers drew me in immediately and carried me along straight to the end with its original voice and lively story.”

    Sharon Creech, Newbery–award winning author of Walk Two Moons

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
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About the Author

Katherine Rundell grew up in Africa and Europe and was elected a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless.

About the Narrator

Nicola Barber, a British voice actress with over a decade of experience, has won four Earphone Awards for narration from AudioFile Magazine and has recorded national radio spots for Verizon Wireless, Virgin Airlines, and Hilton Hotels, as well as national TV commercials. She specializes in commercials, corporate videos, audiobooks, phone systems, and training videos. She has narrated over a dozen books for authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford and Maureen Johnson.