jessica.miller.m, June 8, 2010 (view all comments by jessica.miller.m)
If you look at the color chart you will find many beautiful colors-cadmium yellow, permanent rose, indigo blue, but no matter how hard you look you wont find a Saffron. In the Casson house the color chart does not end at just the things that paint the world, but they value these shades so much that every one of their children is named after a color on the chart. Except ofcourse Saffron. So... why it's because maybe mommy isn't your mommy. When Saffron discovers this she starts to wonder. Her now ill grandfather is the only one who knows anything, and then of course he dies. In his will all the other children got a fair share but Saffy gets "Her angel in the garden" and that is were the adventure starts. I really enjoyed this story. It had a strong theme- You don't have to be related to your family. I would suggest this book to any age of reader because it is fast paced and and an easy read.It was worth the read and had a full-filling ending, and if you want more on the Cassons there are many prequels, focusing in on each child Rose, Indigo, and Cadmium. So in your family are you that one, that one that is special, different? Are you Saffron?
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Melissa Fox, January 22, 2009 (view all comments by Melissa Fox)
There is something about Hilary McKay's books that make me incredibly happy. Exploring the life of a daft, loving, funny family, McKay treats heavy subjects -- in this case adoption and belonging -- with humor and grace. Read it: you might just fall in love with the Casson family, too.
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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.
by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by School Library Journal,
"While the story by...is whimsical and amusing, serious undertones are brilliantly conveyed. Character development is superb and insightful."
by Booklist, Starred Review,
"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."
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.
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