Sophie’s childhood has always been unusual, which might be expected from someone who began her life life floating the ocean in a cello case. She is adopted by Charles, a scholar who knows more about Shakespeare than about raising children. When Sophie breaks the plates, they begin eating off books. When Sophie has an idea, Charles encourages her to write it on the walls. And when Sophie believes she can find her mother, Charles helps her look even though everyone else assures her that her mother died in a shipwreck. Because as Charles says, “Never ignore a possible.” Her search brings her to France, where she meets Matteo, a boy who lives on the rooftops of Paris. Matteo introduces Sophie to climbing drainpipes, eating roast pigeon, and exploring the world from above. It is up here that Sophie hears the cello music that may lead her home.
After reading about Sophie’s exploits, you will never think about life down on the ground in quite the same way. This book is for readers in fourth grade and up who love magical adventures, quirky characters, and happy endings.
Book reviewed by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head