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Permanent Rose (Casson Family #3)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,657 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
Life in the Casson family has a way of working out. But with Caddy dodging Michael, Bill still in London, Indigo stuck in a book, Saffy hunting a father, and Eve in the shed, Rose is slightly alone. Can David be her knight in shining armour?
Paperback, 216 pages
Published 2005 by Hodder Children's Books
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 09, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
While an excellent read and a fun story, I have to admit that I didn't connect to this one as much as the previous books in the series. The family is as crazy as ever, and Saffy and Sarah beginning a quest for Saffy's father was very fun (with Sarah's dad stealing the occasional scene--he may be my favorite character). And who wouldn't be touched by Rose's yearning for her long-absent friend, Tom?

But the story rambled a bit. And the David and Indigo bit just wasn't terribly interesting (it doesn
Sep 07, 2010 Kimmae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so happy to have found this series. As usual it seems in young adult literature the parents are practically nonexistent when it comes to any kind of parenting. Yet there are other adult characters (the children's friend Sarah's mother and the school principal and the father's girlfriend) who show signs of attention to the children.

My favorites:

Rose thinks "in her opinion books were for those unable to entertain themselves in any other way . For those who could not draw, who had no ears, who
Brandy Painter
Wanting to hug Rose and throttle her parents seems to be the emotions these books are evoking of me the most. Eve's obliviousness to her children irks me. I don't like to smother my kids, but I do not find remembering to feed them to be a particular challenge. I would like to think I would notice if my 8 year turned to a life of crime. And I hated Bill by the end. These kids are plucky though and they have each other. And they have Sarah. They also get another new addition in the form of David, ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: younger, realism
It is even clearer than in the last book that Rose is McKay's favorite character.
Molly Siegel
Jun 03, 2008 Molly Siegel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all of my friends!!!
Shelves: favorites
I would say that Permanent Rose is a sort of continuation of Indigo's star. Although, this time, the story revolves more around "Darling" Rose than before. Once again, the Cassons are up to their usual tricks and Rose is at the center of them all. Personally, I think that Rose is the funniest so it was great to read more about her. The third Casson book is definitely not disappointing!
Aug 08, 2007 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who have read Saffy's Angel
I think Saffy's Angel was much better, being the first book in the series about the unusual Casson family of artists. I do like Rose's fiesty personality in this story, and the different perspectives, but it wasn't nearly as magical as the first book, or Indigo's Star, the second one. I'll have to read Caddy Ever After and then I will have finished the series.
13 October, 2013
Rose is the youngest member of the Casson family. That means that everyone leaving is an ongoing issue, whether it's Caddie and college, or Bill, the father, who doesn't make the trip up from London as often as he once did. Fortunately, Rose is resourceful, as well as being the most gifted artist in the family, and she always has ideas.

I think the reason these books are so appealing is a combination of rather old-school qualities: the "family of eccentrics" goes back at least to
Sequel to "Saffy's Angel" and "Indigo's Star." This series of books about the Casson family focuses on 8-year-old Rose. The family had befriended young Tom, an American visitor to England, over the summer but his sudden departure for a family emergency has left Rose bereft. She waits everyday for the postman, hoping for a letter from Tom. When the phone rings, she thinks it's Tom. She even goes to Tom's grandmother's house but she's gone, too. In her drawings and dreams, she imagines a reunion w ...more
Oct 18, 2007 Lorenjwm2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heart-warming
It's so weird sometimes knowing a child is wiser than a fully grown adult.A child can give some message through their words and gestures that awakes sinful adults.This novel contains a more-than-you-can-expect wise remarks a child could say.Not only a good novel to read by depressed youngsters,but also a tired adult who is depressed with everyday's life.
Apr 12, 2014 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Entertaining in the moment, but not particularly memorable. And it's unique in terms of the rest of children's literature, but not in terms of Hilary McKay's novels; I'd have welcomed something a little less of a retread of her previous works.

This is probably the weakest book of the series.
Patricia Klein
This book is more clearly a continuation of the second in the series than the second was of the first. I was less amused by Rose in this book; perhaps her manipulation of those around her became wearisome. Anyone who is not family has value to her based on what he or she can do for Rose. The desire to know what happened to Tom kept me engaged, but I lost all patience with Caddy and her ambivalence about Michael. This book did provide closure to several of the questions left hanging in the first ...more
Sep 24, 2010 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently read Permanent Rose. It's a great book! In Permanent Rose by Hillary McKay, Rose, the main character, is spending her summer in England waiting for a friend who has moved to America to call or communicate. Meanwhile, her adopted cousin trys to find out who her birth father is. As the summer wears on, Rose is constantly thinking of her friend and trys as many ways as she can to communicate. This book has a setting in England which is very interesting to me. It's very cool to have the s ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the series for older children about the wonderfully disorganised Casson family. This one is primarily about the youngest, eight-year-old Rose, who is going through rather a difficult stage. She is very upset that her good friend Tom, who returned to America in a hurry, has not been in touch. She's also worried about her brother Indigo making friends with a reformed bully, and she's afraid that her sister Caddy will break off her engagement to the lovely Michael. She misses her dad, too, ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Carolynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread

A continuation of the delightful family saga begun with the poignant Saffy's Angel and continued with Indigo's Star. The Casson family is quirky and artistic and dysfunctional, but completely lovable. Tough, misguided, loyal Rose is the center of this book.
Spoilers ahead!

The family is more dysfunctional than ever now that errant husband Bill has confessed to being involved with young graphic artist Samantha, who has moved into his stylish London flat. Eve (not really an artist according to Bill)
Bethany Miller
This is the third in the Casson family series. Though you don’t necessarily need to have read the earlier books it probably wouldn’t hurt to have some background in understanding the eccentric characters in this off beat family. Naked sunbathing, shoplifting, and cake baking disasters are just a few of the humorous hijinks that occur thanks to the limited adult supervision of Eve. The writing is good and the characters are fun. The plot moves at the languid pace of the summer break that the book ...more
Rae Stoltenkamp
Jun 23, 2016 Rae Stoltenkamp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book in the Casson family series. This one focuses on the youngest member of the family and how important friendship and loyalty is. It has a wonderful section on how to deal with an absentee father who is just a little too full of himself. It also features a new character – David, a former bully and now sometime friend of Indigo. What I like most about these books is how they tackle real life scenarios in a humorous and open manner. I am very quickly getting very attached to these books ...more
The Casson family adventures continue, this time with the youngest, Rose, center stage. It's summertime and lovely Tom is back in America and no one has heard from him Former bully David has decided that he wants nothing more than to be a member of the Casson family and won't leave. Caddy can't imagine living with Michael forever and having babies and cooking and such, and therefore keeps losing hre engagement ring. Saffron and Sarah have begun a quest to discover the identity of Saffy's father. ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Emmy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I think this is a cutesy story of family life. I enjoyed how homely and warm this book felt but following lots of members of the family was confusing. But while I found characters like Saffy and Sarah and Eve annoying, I really liked Indigo and think he was the best and most complex. Eve was horrid. I hate how she was childish and never cared when her 9 year old went to the trains station and caught a train with a confused teenager and she didnt even care.
Oct 25, 2010 Debrarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fic, favorites, funny
Another fabulous entry in the Casson family saga. In this one 8-year-old Rose is pining for friend Tom, who hasn’t written after returning to America; Caddy is worried about becoming trapped by her impending marriage; Indigo is calm; Saffron wonders who her real father is; and former bully David finally gets a few things right. I think McKay does an amazing job of portraying children realistically, respectfully, and appreciatively, in all their complexity and intelligence. She also is wonderful ...more
Apr 01, 2010 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this book in the middle of the night countering a bout of rain-induced insomnia. Rose is the youngest of the eccentric Casson family (and what English family in literature isn't eccentric?) 8-year old Rose has no real life of her own outside her art, but is completely immersed in outside lives of her 3 siblings issues without them really noticing. This is both the strength and weakness of this book. McKay shows the complexity of family life, particularly how one sibling relates to anoth ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Julianna by: Loudoun County Public Library
It's been about five years since I read this book for the first time, and it is even better than I remembered. There's so much more to get out of it now, when I can better understand the jokes and family politics and "Le Morte D'Arthur" excerpts. This has an eternally high spot on my favorites list.
Jan 11, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book is third in the series of the Casson family. Rose is the youngest of the Casson family and has recently lost her best friend Tom. She goes through the motions of missing him, she starts to take her emotions out on shoplifting. There are parts of the book that I really didn't care for, wish they were not there. The book goes into detail about the other Casson family members and their struggles about their lives. Caddy is engaged to Michael and she doesn't know how she feels about that. ...more
This book was an okay book.It took me awhile to get into the book, the book was slow at first and I got confused but as I kept reading it started to make more sense. I did enjoy the book in the end. I think teens would enjoy the book.
Emily Von pfahl
Another excellent installment in the Casson family saga. Not nearly as funny as the first two, but still great. I hope that the author continues to write books about these characters after Caddy Ever After.
Jun 30, 2016 erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit, series, 2016
book 3 of the casson family adventures! this one is mostly about rose, it starts a bit slow, but warms up & goes crashing on to the end! caddy's next, but oh how I wish there was eve's story!
Dec 25, 2015 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading about the Cassons is continually interesting, funny, concerning and inspiring! I love them and I love these books.
July Rahly
Aug 30, 2015 July Rahly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
It was an enjoyable read that may have been a bit on the younger side for my age, but I was pleased by it all the same.
Miz Lizzie
Aug 26, 2008 Miz Lizzie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 8-12 year olds
Third book in the Casson Family series. The youngest member of the Casson family, Permanent Rose, has always been an artist. Eschewing paper, her preferred canvases are the walls of the Casson house where she draws and paints enormous and constantly evolving murals that reflect her emotions and concerns. These days she is consumed with anger at her estranged London-dwelling father and with despair at her friend Tom’s lack of communication since he returned to America. She attempts to reconnect w ...more
Lorelei Jaramillo
Great summer book series for the children. We giggled the whole time we read the Casson Family series!
Jan 12, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I review the whole series here.
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Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire and is the eldest of four girls. From a very early age she read voraciously and grew up in a household of readers. Hilary 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."

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Other Books in the Series

Casson Family (6 books)
  • Caddy's World (Casson Family, #0)
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“It had not seemed to matter that Rose was only eight years old.
"More than eight," said Rose. "Nearly nine."
"Darling Rose, even almost nearly nine-year-old's don't fall in love," said forgetful Caddy.
Caddy tried very hard to comfort Rose when Tom had left. It was not an easy job. It was like trying to comfort a small, unhappy tiger.
"Who said anything about falling in love?" growled Rose crossly. "Falling! Falling is by accident! I didn't fall in anything!"
"Oh. Right. Sorry, Posy Rose."
"And I am definitely not in love!”
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