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Sophie is an orphan. Everybody believes she is, except for Sophie herself. Charles rescued her from a floating cello case when the ship sunk. Nobody else was there. But Sophie knows her mother is still out there, somewhere, not giving up on her. And so, she must find her.
Let me introduce you.Sophie, this is Miss Eliot, from the National Childcare Agency.Miss Eliot, this is Sophie, from the ocean.
Charles Maxim took the baby girl, and reared her as his ward the best way he could. He took charge of her education, her basic needs, and received all the love a child should have. Charles, being scholarly, read enough poetry to understand that love is vital in rearing up a child properly. At twelve, Sophie is wearing trousers, instead of dresses; she eats from atlases and books, not with plates and cutlery; and her hair is a tangle of knots. But she is well-read, can speak French, plays the cello wonderfully, and has a profound belief in possibilities.
Perhaps, she thought, that’s what love does. It’s not there to make you feel special.It’s to make you brave. It was like a ration pack in the desert, she thought,like a box of matches in a dark wood.Love and courage, thought Sophie—two words for the same thing.
They ran away to France, with the hope of finding Sophie’s mother. Sophie is not an orphan, and they will prove it. There, they found no help from the authorities. While Charles prowls the streets, Sophie scaled the rooftops, where she met a whole new society waiting up there.
I have told her not to ignore life’s possibles.
Only skepticism can stop you from liking this book.