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Rooftoppers

Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
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Summary

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help…

When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

©2013 Katherine Rundell (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd

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Enchanting and Exquisite.

I chose this title on a little bit of a whim and therefore was not sure what to expect. I can safely say I have been captivated from start to finish. Rundell's prose is easy, has a gorgeous flow and is full of mischief and wonder.

The characters of Sophie and Charles compliment one another so well and their relationship blossoms as the books progresses and they become more familiar with one another.

Sophie is a charming character with lots of quirks and traits that are not only build a clear image of her in your mind but also help you picture her mannerisms as she moves through life.

This is a wonderful book and I would recommend it to any one. The story is one that keeps you guessing with lots of twists and turns. Rundell's characters are interesting and this book will certainly make you think differently about the world above your head and the world of the Sky Steppers.

Rooftoppers is well worth the download. Gordon Griffin's voice is easy to listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed this title.

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Ella amazing

It was amazing I loved it so much that I read it again. !!!!!!!!!!!
I think it would be a good book for 8-12 because it is so good actually every one should read it.

Hope this review was helpful .

I am 10 years old.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️👌📚

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  • Julia
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  • 15-03-18

Wonderful - shame about the ending

I loved listening to this book. The relationship between Sophie and her father is described in loving detail. Charles is a wonderful character and Sopie's encounters with the rooftoppers are also very interesting. However, the ending felt rushed to me. The entire story builds up to a resolution which is done in an abrupt way, it almost felt like a cliff hanger. I would be great to have a sequel. The narrator is excellent.

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An excellent new series

A whimsical action adventure set in London and Paris at the start of the 20th century. It was great, and the author played fair in giving us an ending, while leaving much of the tale for the next book. I'm not sure if it will be a 2 part or a trilogy. If you enjoyed the film or book Hugo, you will probably enjoy this. Sophie is found floating after a shipwreck, aged 1, and adopted by Charles, an eccentric bookish Englishman. While suitable for younger readers, there is plenty to enjoy for adults.
By the time Sophie is 12 the authorities, concerned by her unusual upbringing, are planning to remove her from Charles' care and send her to a school to become more ladylike. So they run away to Paris where Sophie hopes to find her mother, who she remembers is a professional cellist - which is impossible because everyone knows that professional musicians are always men. They're on the run over the rooftops of Paris. Nothing will ever be the same again.

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some great lines

The story of Sophie, found floating in a cello case after a ship sank, was endearing and I lived the relationship with Charles, who decided to look after her. I found it a little slow at the start but really enjoyed it after Sophie and Charles got to Paris. Some of Sophies lines were great and the innovative way Katherine Rundell uses description is a joy.

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lovely

A beautiful book about love and being on the outside of social norms. Sophie's relationship with Charles and her search for her mother are insightful and delightful.

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Amazing

Made me cry with joy, beautifully written story which is amusing in places. Love the kindness, the stubbornness and the adventures of the characters. Now one of the best books I have listened to.

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AMAZING!!

I absaloutley loved it, and I couldn't stop listening for one second. LOVED IT so much.

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Beautiful

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Beautiful, lyrical and utterly gratifying. Sophie and Charles are such charming characters and Rooftoppers flows like an elegant concerto.

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good,bit kinda bad.

it was great but needs a better ending. I loved the rest of it though.