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Indigo Blue

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  4,309 Ratings  ·  168 Reviews
Indigo's mum has had it with her boyfriend, and has moved her girls out of their cozy home and into "the flat from hell." Indie is not about to show anyone how it really feels, especially not her best friend, Jo. But the truth is, the neighborhood is bad, the heat's useless, and there's little to eat. It's hard for Indie to ignore such a drastic change—but with a little si ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2005)
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Angela O'donnell
Jan 20, 2013 Angela O'donnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recommended to read this book following a discussion with my 10 year old cousin. I was a bit surprised that she would be reading about such sensitive issues at her age but she is well above her own reading age.
Cathy Cassidy addresses some very sensitive issues in this story with the main issue being about domestic abuse. I think she has written the story subtly from Ingido's point of view, and Indigo does not fully understand what is truly going on between her Mum and Max. I think it is th
Aisling Davis
Jan 26, 2017 Aisling Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book and it was very interesting
Jan 29, 2013 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was rummaging through some of my old books today, deciding what to keep, what to give to a charity shop, etc. Then came across this! Indigo Blue. I couldn't possibly give this book away. I loved it. So so so so much. I read it first when I was 10, and I was hooked on Cathy Cassidy. Absolutely hooked. The only other book out by her at the time though was Dizzy, and I remember impatiently waiting for another book of hers to come out.
Even though I loved the others of her books that I have read too,
Jan 28, 2017 Fara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book 10 years ago. Wow how time flies.

I was only ten at the time. It was actually one of the first books I really read. And when I say 'really' I mean that I'd ignore other activities (watching tv/playing) to read it. It's what really started my genuine love for books. Indigo Blue introduced me to a whole new world. A world where I could get away from reality and experience things through another person.

This book is very poignant for me. I remember reading one of the earlier scenes
really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really aWESOME
May 25, 2013 Gwyneth rated it it was amazing
This is my first Cathy Cassidy's book and I've become her huge fan since then. This book is really amazing. It reflects the social issue(domestic violence) in reality.
The main character Indigo is a 11-year-old girl who lacks confidence. She loves daydreaming because she can control everything in it. It's kind of sad because she's just escaping from reality... But in some ways,she's also brave.She never cries or complains or feel sorry about herself.
The character Jo is so “real” and I think we'
Oct 27, 2015 Jojo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
( For Indigo Blue)

This book is about a young girl named Indigo and experience with her mom and step father separating. She needs to figure out a way to get through it and still be able to get good grades in school. Indie has a best friend named Jo that she will not even express how scared and sad she is when her Mom’s recent new husband starts treating the family in an abusive way. Indie has a baby sister named Misti who is Max’s (her step father) daughter. One day when Indies Mom has had enou
Sydney Wirebaugh
Indigo Blue is a good book I think. It makes you think. Indie has nothing. She has a mom and a baby sister Misti. My least favorite character would have to be Max. He is abusive, both physically and verbally. At the end of the book he almost kills Indie's mom in a car crash. My favorite character would have to be Indie. She is so strong. Her life is like crumbled up and thrown in the trash. My favorite part is the part when Indie tries out for the classroom play. Indie really wants to be in that ...more
Maisha Zahir
This book beautifully portrays what children has to go through because of family rift, and the challenging responsibilities the elder sibling has to face, no matter how young they are. It was a good read. :)
May 14, 2013 Portia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book i have evr read it is amazing there is no other book i would recomend anyone who loves to read this is the book for anyone Cassidy you have done it again blown me away to the bits bits i tell u bits
Owl Reader
Jan 27, 2014 Owl Reader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indigo blue is very sad but I like real-life fiction and this book made me cry, so get out your tissues ladies
Sep 02, 2011 Ravina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was great love it very moving and inspirational about a wonderful family that went through hard time's. Readers you must real this book do watse time read it now
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Dec 08, 2009 Siani * ) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Book Has So much Drama In It! Its Really Good
Jul 15, 2012 Mary-Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing. A bit of a shock that my 11 year old devoured this and it's really a fairly intense subject, but well written and definitely makes me want to read more!
Feb 17, 2016 Megan-Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I embarked on a re-reading the-classics-from-my-childhood-and-tween-years journey, and it could not be complete without the inclusion of Cathy Cassidy's books. Well, I've read them all now, and the last one was 'Indigo Blue'.
Out of all of Cathy's books, this one is probably the 'youngest'. What I mean by that is, it is aimed at older children, I would say, rather than almost teenagers.

Indigo's life has been turned upside down. The fighting at home has gotten worse, and Mum's had enou
Mia Sebti
Indigo is a very special kind of girl. She wakes up very early every day, arrives to school an hour early. When she is at school, she takes a book and sits down in the playground.
Sometimes she imagines lions, and tigers attacking her or any other thing that pops up in her imagination.
Her best friend Jo goes to gymnastics and swimming club. She reads scary books and teen magazines. She plays violin and collects stuffed animals.
Indigo doesn’t do all of these things, her only real passion is daydr
Jun 28, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Indigo Blue' is a story written from the point of view of an eleven year old girl, Indigo. She lives at home with her mum, Anna, her mums boyfriend, Max and her sister Misti. However, after another vicious night, Indigo's mum tells Indigo that her and Misti will be moving out and going elsewhere away from Max. Scared and confused, Indigo follows her mums wishes and constantly reminds herself that it's her mums fault Max left her, her mum is clumsy, always has bruises and is often forgetful so s ...more
Charlie' (MyBooksAreCorrupted)
A real adventure. A true friend. Meet... Indigo Blue

Bluebells, bluebirds, blue skies, blue jeans.
Indigo's mum loves the colour blue- it's the colour of all her favourite things.

When mum announces that they're moving- just Indie, Mum and baby Misti-
Indie doesn't understand.
Why the hurry? Where are they going?
Will her best friend, Jo, still be there for her?

In a dingy old flat with a grumpy neighbour, no heating and only biscuits to eat, Indie begins to realize that her mum's got a reason for runn
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This book was pushed and shoved at me (recommended) to read by my younger sister for quite a while. We're both big fans of Cathy Cassidy and especially love her The Chocolate Box Girls Series.

This is one of the first books that Cathy Cassidy ever wrote and it's very obvious to see just how much her writing has progressed and changed over the years. The writing style of the book was good but a little bland. I felt that everything was a little su
Dec 21, 2016 Suha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cathy Cassidy has a genuine talent for writing from the POV of children and making it interesting without having a fantasy feel.
Jul 09, 2012 Bookworm2000 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As I love Cathy Cassidy, I didn't doubt this book wouldn't be interesting. I was right! Yes, it was a little short for me but overall it was fantastic.
Eleven-year-old Indigo is just a simple, normal girl with a best friend. That is, until she goes out of school one day and finds her Mum and her little sister in a car with a bunch of boxes in the back. They're moving. Indigo is sure they are moving because of her mother's boyfriend Max, and its right. Mum wants to forget about him, and it is quit
Sarah Sammis
Indigo Blue by Cathy Cassidy was on the recommended shelf at my public library. I can see why they added it but I'm not sure how review the book.

Indigo is twelve when she is abruptly moved from their comfortable but somewhat broken home into a damp, cold and moldy flat. Her mother has had enough of her abusive relationship with her current boyfriend and has to flee to save herself and her children. After that though the mother and her daughters are too stubborn and too proud to ask for help. So
Feb 28, 2010 Tanaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 21, 2010 $hanel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should say that this book was, well, OK. Indigo Blue is about a thirteen year old girl named Indigo who has a mum that has a boyfriend (her mum has gone through a lot of boyfriends) who seems like an older brother to Indigo and her mum, little sister and Indigo are living in her mum`s boyfriend`s house which is like heaven to Indigo. That is until Indigo`s mum gets in a serious fight with her boyfriend and that takes Indigo`s family downhill to a cruddy little house were Indigo, her little sis ...more
Sep 14, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Michelle Bridges
Indigo blue is a deep book about some troubling real life issues, namely domestic violence. Indigo is dealing with that between her mother and her boy friend Max and also some friend issues at school. Indigo is 11 and portrays these events in a real and easy to relate to way. I think girls would like to real about her and her drama but since it is such a sensitive issue I think that I would be careful who I recommend this book to. It's not that difficult of a read 3-5th could read it, but only s ...more
Apr 28, 2008 Carissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
i read this, hoping to discover another casson family (as written by hilary mckay–love her!), but nooooooo. heck no. the thing i like about the cassons is that nothing really supremely dreadful ever happens to them and they’re not at all dysfunctional and yet, the books are interesting! this book’s characters survive an abusive husband/father, poverty, depression, best friend betrayal, and do come out better on the other side, but the froo-froo, happy-go-lucky cover hides a less than happy story ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Onika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really good. Indigo seems like a lovely girl - which makes me wonder how she ended up with a friend like Jo. Jo is a horrible, selfish, twisted, big-headed, nasty, mean girl, and thats all I can say about her before I start swearing.
I feel so sorry for Indie having to put up with that stalker Max and her mum, who's heart in the right place but she can hardly get up to make dinner.
To be honest, though, you kind of see whats coming at the end. I mean, what else could it h
Fadilla Putri
Jan 12, 2015 Fadilla Putri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Indigo Blue!

Despite the fact that it is a children's book, it presents us with real-life problems. I think we should have and read more books like this. In Indigo Blue, I see that Indie needs to carry burdens that she shouldn't suppose to bear. I was like reading adults' life and problems told with the perspective of a young girl; broken heart, fear, injustice, jealousy, assault, all described perfectly with Indie's innocent perspective. This book reminds us, adults, that whenever parents
Apr 01, 2013 Sumayyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was ace. it was sad. dizzy's mum and dad are divorced. but her mum has not much money so they live in a dingy old flat, with grumpy neighbors ,and no heating available. mat ( i think) is spying on them even when they are divorced. why? she once saw his van outside the school. mum has made new friends and when mat and dizzy's mum go out again something terrible happens he did something to her. now dizzy knows why her mum moved to this place.

this was such a sad book. they had to live her
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I was born in 1962 in Coventry (scarily ancient, I know). I wrote my first picture book for my little brother when I was eight or nine. I loved making comics, too - pages and pages of picture stories, features and competitions.

I went to Art College in Liverpool, then got a job as fiction editor on the fab and legendary Jackie magazine.

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