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Permanent Rose by Hilary McKay
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May 24, 2012

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Read from May 22 to 24, 2012

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 describes, but readers who like novels with quirky characters that explore family dynamics will enjoy this book. I do have to agree with other reviewers that as an adult reading this book, you have to question lack of parental oversight. Luckily, the kids seem to do OK without it!

Rose Casson cannot believe that Tom, whom she refuses to admit she’s in love with, has gone back to America and has made no effort to contact her or her brother Indigo. Did their friendship mean nothing to him? Has he forgotten all about them? Rose waits every day at the mailbox hoping for a letter. Although no letters come from Tom, she does get a rose each day from Michael, her older sister Caddy’s fiancé. Though Rose can’t wait for Michael and Caddy to be married, Caddy’s not so sure. Maybe that’s the reason she can’t keep track of her engagement ring? Meanwhile cousin Saffron, who has grown up like a sister to them, has decided she wants to track down her real father. With very little guidance from their parents – father Bill is in London with new girlfriend and mother Eve is just completely clueless – the Casson kids navigate their way through a summer of changes.


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