Rose knows that nothing stays the same forever.
Still, it's hard to watch her sisters and brother growing up and moving so far ahead of her. Caddy is back, but she's not living at home. And worse -- she's broken up with Darling Michael. Saffy and Indigo are so busy, they are seldom home. With her father in London and her mother painting in the shed, Rose is often alone in the house.
Maybe that's why she agrees to her new friend Molly's crazy scheme. At least it seems crazy when Rose finds herself locked in the zoo at night with a roaring tiger. Maybe she should have been paying more attention to what Molly was saying. But on that spooky night, Rose finds out a secret that just might change everything -- and help bring her family and friends together and new life to their old house.
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"Starred Review. The utterly beguiling tale of four children named for paint colors and their artist parents concludes in the most engaging way possible ... Simply lovely." - Kirkus Reviews.
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Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire, the eldest of four girls. From
a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. She
says of herself as a child "I anaesthetised myself against the big bad
world with large doses of literature. The local library was as familiar to me as
my own home." She read Botany and Zoology at St. Andrews
University (Scotland), then went on to work as a biochemist in an Analysis
Department. She enjoyed the work but at the same time had a burning desire to
write. After the birth of her two children, she wanted to devote more time to
bringing up her children and writing.
McKay says that one of the best things about being a writer is receiving letters from children. She wishes that she had written to authors as a ...
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