It's back to school for the start of a new term, and the eccentric
Cassons are up to their old tricks!
Indigo, having just recovered from a bout of mononucleosis, must return to
school after missing an entire semester. Only his younger sister and loyal
sidekick, Rose, knows why he's dreading it so much. As it turns out, the school
bullies are eagerly awaiting Indigo's return so that they can pick up where they
left off -- flushing his head in the toilet. But Indigo hasn't counted on
meeting Tom, an American student who is staying with his grandmother in England
for the year. With his couldn't-care-less attitude and rock-and-roll lifestyle,
Tom becomes Indigo's ally, and together they work to take back the school.
Meanwhile, eight-year-old Rose is desperately trying to avoid wearing
horrible glasses, nineteen-year-old Caddy is agonizing over her many suitors,
Saffy is working overtime with her best friend, Sarah, to protect Indigo from
the gang, and with their father, Bill, in London at his art studio, their
mother, Eve, is just trying to stay on top of it all!
In this hilarious, heartwarming companion to her award-winning Saffy's Angel,
Hilary McKay shows us a new side of the Cassons and reminds us that nothing is
stronger than the bonds of family.
The initial interaction between Indigo and Tom rings
curiously hollow, but the situation reverses itself as their rapport deepens.
Fans will be hoping for another installment in this memorable family's
adventures. Ages 8-12.
School Library Journal - Marie Orlando
Gr 5-8-While the story may be somewhat short on plot and a
bit facile in its treatment of the issue of bullying, McKay's sly humor, deft
characterization, and brisk pacing more than compensate. Readers will love
revisiting the chaotic but loving Casson household.
It might be eight-year-old Rose who steals readers' hearts in McKay's delightful
companion to Saffy's Angel....Plot threads and characters mesh satisfyingly-and,
as ever, McKay's dialogue, the novel's essence, is brilliant. Readers submerged
in the happy din of the family's conversations will wish they could be adopted
by the Cassons. (Fiction. 8-12)
Booklist - Gillian Engberg
Starred Review. Gr. 5-8. McKay's
portrayal of absent-minded mother Eve occasionally veers into a caricature of
daffiness, and some references, particularly those that foreshadow the Casson
parents' marital strains, may fly over the heads of young readers. But the
author unerringly dissects the politics of bullying and a family's complicated
layers of love and anger in an often laugh-out-loud narrative that's as chaotic
and lovable as the Casson household itself.
Recent Reader Reviews
Rated of 5
by Cat :P Im going into 6th grade and we had to read this book for summer reading, I personally did not enjoy this book. There was no action. I like books like Pretty Little Liars. Those actually have a plot and they keep you wondering. :P
Rated of 5
by Alexandra GREAT BOOK I enjoyed this book very much. It's just so cool!!
I hope Hilary keeps writing great stories...
Rated of 5
by tashico An okay book I didn't really like this book because of the poor storyline and i didn't really flow.
Rated of 5
by K.J. School I never would've picked this book out on my own, but after reading it (for L.A.) I've read all the sequels! It really was a good, funny and serious book with a great moral.
Rated of 5
by Cha-Chi The Book This book was okay. I am currently in 8th grade and I had to read this book for a grade. I didn't understand this completely. Some parts of the book were really good. All in all, this book was okay but not fantastic!
Rated of 5
by Indigo-tom lover LOVE THIS BOOK!!! Do I even have to explain? This book is incredibly amazing. I've read it twice now and I've memorized half of it. I trully love this book.
McKay's first book, The Exiles, was published in 1991
and went on to win The Guardian Children's Fiction Award. It was followed by The
Exiles at Home (1993) which won the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award for the 9-11
years category and the overall winner. Then followed The Exiles in Love
(1996). In 1994 she started on a new trilogy: Dog Friday (1994), The
Amber Cat (1995) and Dolphin Luck (1998).
In 2002 she published Saffy's Angel which won the
Whitbread Children's Book Prize. The sequel, Indigo's Star, was published
in 2004, and Permanent Rose followed in 2005. Caddy Ever After will be published in June this year.
She lives in a small village in Derbyshire (UK) and
enjoys walking, reading and having friends to stay.
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