This hilarious and heartwarming novel reminds us that nothing is stronger than the bonds of family (ages approx 9+).
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.
For the first time in his life Indigo Casson had been properly ill. He had
flu, and instead of getting better, it got worse and turned into infectious
"Mono?" asked his disbelieving classmates. "Or scared stiff?"
Somewhere, at the back of his head, Indigo wondered the same thing. However, it really was mono. He grew very ill indeed, quite quickly. Even at the worst of his illness though, a part of Indigo sighed with relief. A part of him thought, Phew!
At first it was quite exciting for his family,
having Indigo so ill. Anyone who asked any of the Cassons, "How's Indigo?" received a very long answer. A much too long answer, with lots of details most people would rather not know about.
Luckily, this stage did not last very long. Indigo's illness stopped being news and became a fact of life. When people said, "How's Indigo?" his family answered, "Fine," and talked of more interesting things. This was not because they did not care ...
Indigo's Star is a follow up to Saffy's Angel, but it is not necessary to read the first to enjoy the second.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
Full Review (224 words).
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...
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