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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Soaring, quirky adventure has unforgettable characters.

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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

Great book that makes the reader want to take more risks.

Young girl and her scholarly adopted adult go to Paris to track down her long lost mother. She escapes onto rooftops, jumps across perilous gaps, stays up toil the early hours with the homeless, swims in ths Seine to pick up tourists cash. And all the while is quietly supported by her admirably (crazily?) liberal adult - Charles. Makes you want to take more risks.

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ROOFTOPPERS is a captivating read packed with tiny delights. There's an astonishing scene wherein birds are fed atop a tightrope, Charles' dismissal of bureaucrats as "mustaches with idiots attached," ice cream enjoyed in the rain on the outside box of a horse-drawn carriage -- and that's just for starters. Author Katherine Rundell celebrates eccentric, resilient people who are happy to live on the margins of respectable society. Unorthodox people, of course, have unorthodox adventures, and Sophie's is a magical journey.

Rundell's writing is lyrical and clever -- sometimes a little too clever, as the creative metaphors and similes pile up to the point of distraction. But that's just a tiny quibble with this imaginative, soaring tale.

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