Caddy is the eldest. She's on her ninety-sixth driving lesson and she's mad about her gorgeous instructor.
Indigo is an outrageous cook and survives as the only boy in a pack of girls.
Rose, the youngest, is a whiz at art, and knows just how to manage her parents.
And outsider Saffy - she's simply in search of her angel...
Rose was still awake, late though it was. She was painting a desert landscape on the white wall of the landing. She had got rid of her father very successfully when he telephoned. Saffron had hardly been mentioned; the discussion had been all about art. The desert landsca...more
Saffron didn’t know she was adopted until she couldn’t find her name on the paint color chart in the Cassons’ wonderfully disorganized house. Even though Eve and Bill Casson, her aunt and uncle, treat her as one of their own children, Saffy feels left out--until her grandfather’s will reveals a legacy she’d almost forgotten, a stone angel from her old home in Italy.But this doesn’t beg ...more
Fortunately for those of us not tied too tightly t ...more
The scene where the Casson kids drive to Wales--that's just got to be the funniest scene in a hundred years of writing for children. It's just genius. I also found myself really enjoying the excavation of the house.
I say again: If more contemporary children's writers wrote like THIS, I would not be so bitter and twisted. I wish I wrote like th ...more
Maybe people on Goodreads will apprciate ...more
A plot description doesn't do it justice. McKay is one of those writers (mostly British, in my experience) who writes short, see ...more
I got into the story for Caddy and Michael, though - all conversations very well-rendered in audio form, "MICHAEL, DARLING!" "Don't call me dar ...more
Having said these very personal ...more
“She had to go,” said Rose.
“It was because of her angel,” said Indigo.
“And because of Granddad,” added Caddy.
“And because of her nose stud.”
“And because her name isn’t on the color chart.”
“She’s lonely,” said Rose. “That’s why.”
Reviewed more in depth here at the YA/MG book battle. I plan on reading the rest of the books in this series ...more
(view spoiler)[Rose's notes! Michael's fake girlfriend! I think the fake girlfriend might've been my favorite part. BEAUTIFUL, ACCOMPLISHED, DROOPY DI. (hide spoiler)]
Based on the covers of any of these editions you'd be forgiven for mistaking the title for "Sappy's Angel". They're all rather precious. The title itself was a bit off-putting for me: I was afraid it was going to being something cloyingly religious, with perhaps, a good lesson about character through suffering. Not hardly.
Thankfully, the book it most reminds me of is The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.* Both are stories abou ...more
Could I live in the Casson house? Absolutely not. Could I enjoy an extended stay? Absolutely not. Would I enjoy an afternoon visit? Maybe. Visiting them through the pages of their story is my ideal. That way I am not literally experiencing the mess or chaos.
Saffy and the search for her angel are certainly the core of the book but the heart of the story is all the Casson children. Saffy is distant and temperamental but obviously loves her quirky siblings very much. C ...more
But mostly, what I think does it for me is Mckay's vivid imagery. Anyone can write a st ...more
Saffron is the focus of this book. She discovers at the age of 8 that she is the a ...more
The Casso ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. British children's/YA series with sisters with nature names and a BFF using a wheelchair. [s]||4||11||Feb 01, 2018 03:03PM|
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After reading Botany and Zoology at St. Andrew's University Hilary ...more