My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A beautifully written story, filled with zingy one liners which made me laugh out loud, and had to be underlined for later.
Sophie is a spirited girl, who was found as a baby floating in a cello case on the ocean, one of few survivors from a shipwreck. Now, age twelve, and on the run from the British authorities, who want to put her in an orphanage, she travels to Paris to search for her mother, because ‘you should never ignore a possible’. With the aid of Charles her absent-minded but loveable long-legged guardian, and three rooftop living children – gruff Rooftopper Matteo and tree-dwelling sisters Safi and Anastasia – she gradually finds clues to her cello playing mother’s whereabouts.
It reminded me in elements of Peter Pan and also of Baron in the Trees as well as many other stories, and it has that classic timeless feel in spades, but packed with modern pithy humour in all the dialogue and description, a lovely middle grade book, that already feels like a classic.