The amazing and hilarious Casson family is back in this all-new novel from award-winning author Hilary McKay.
Cadmium Casson is twelve years old the summer that everything changes. Not only are her closest friendships in jeopardy, but her mom is expecting a baby. And when the baby arrives early, Caddy's world turns upside down. Her mother spends all her time at the hospital, and her father takes over the household, which of course turns into one chaotic (though hilarious) crisis after the next.
When her charmingly dense boyfriend dumps her, Caddy is at her wits' end. Then she discovers that the fragile baby she is so afraid of losing is not an ending, but a beginning for her whole family. And that love and friendship don't need to be destroyed by change - they can be strengthened. Another refreshingly wise, funny, and poignant novel from the inimitable Hilary McKay.
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"Starred Review. With effervescent characters and dialogue, this welcome addition to the Casson saga again strikes a lovely balance between humor and poignancy." - Publishers Weekly
"[T]ouching and hilarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem." - School Library Journal
"Here's a book that truly proves the joys to be had from reading." - Books for Keeps
"Hard to think of a writer for 10-13s who writes so freshly and wisely about family and friends." - Sunday Times
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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.
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