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Saffy's Angelby Hilary Mckay
McKay invites readers into the highly affectionate but incredibly chaotic daily dramas of the Casson family. Engaging, clever characters explore topics ranging from adoption to tomato sandwiches — in other words, life's essential stuff. Profound, hilarious, and completely satisfying.
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The four Casson children, whose mother, Eve, is a fine-arts painter, have all been given the names of paint colors. Cadmium (Caddy), is the eldest; then Saffron (Saffy); Indigo, the only boy; and Rose, the youngest. When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her that it makes no difference at all. Saffy is the daughter of Eve's twin sister, who lived in Siena, Italy, and died in a car crash. Grandad brought Saffy, as a very small child, back from Siena.
At Grandad's death he leaves something to each of the children. To Saffy, it is "her angel," although no one knows its identity. How Saffy discovers what her angel is, with the help of an energetic new friend, lies at the heart of this enchanting story. Unforgettable characters come alive in often deeply humorous and always absorbing events to be treasured for a long, long time.
"McKay's...sparkling novel once again introduces an eccentric, entirely engaging British family whose members readers will immediately embrace....[A] memorable portrait of a vastly human family." Publishers Weekly
"While the story by...is whimsical and amusing, serious undertones are brilliantly conveyed. Character development is superb and insightful." School Library Journal
"McKay always skillfully draws each clearly defined character back into the story with witty, well-edited details; rapid dialogue; and fine pacing....Readers will hope for a sequel." Booklist, Starred Review
When young Saffron, known as Saffy, discovers that she is adopted, she sets out in search of all she remembers from her youth--a stone angel in a garden in Italy.
Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo, and Rose are as colorful as the paint chart that inspired their names, but when Saffron finds that her name is not on the chart, she discovers that she has been adopted. This is the start of her hilarious and adventurous search for a stone angel that she remembers from her dreams. How Saffy discovers what her angel is, with the help of an energetic new friend, lies at the heart of this enchanting story. Unforgettable characters come alive in often deeply humorous and always absorbing events to make a book to be treasured for a long, long time.
About the Author
Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many beloved novels, such as Saffy's Angel — which was the winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her online at hilarymckay.co.uk.
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