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Edited: Sep 11, 10:11am Top

Hi, In approximately 1990 I read a smallish paperback fantasy book about a girl who lives on rooftops in a large city like London or Paris. She knew the rooftops very well and could run across them. She may have been a part of a rag tag group of friendly ne'er do wells. I can't recall the plot but I'm sure there was adventure involved. Perhaps it was a little gothic in style. I remember a black cat involved but I can't recall if it was in the story or just on the cover illustration. I believe the cover was a black and white ink drawing. In retrospect the cover looked like it may have been published in the 70s or early 80s.

Any help appreciated!

Sep 11, 2:31pm Top

Your description reminds me of the cover to Plain Kate by Erin Bow (there's a black cat and a girl on a rooftop overlooking a city), but given that it was published in 2010, I rather doubt it's the book you're looking for.

Sep 11, 4:03pm Top

Huh. Seems a fairly popular theme this decade.

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster is set on the rooftops of Victorian London, but published in 2018.

Rooftoppers is a girl in Paris, published this year.

I went looking for tags that you might explore, but only found 'chimney sweeps.' which won't help if your character isn't one.

Better set your thinking cap down a bit more fully and pull more details, if possible.

Sep 11, 10:28pm Top

No, but think you for your time and energy!

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