From the winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018. Meet Saffy, Indigo, Rose and Caddy Casson. This colourful and hilarious series will make you wish you were part of the family!
Indigo's going back to school after a long bout of illness. He's not looking forward to it, the bullies are lying in wait. But he's determined to stand on his own two feet - so when Saffy and Sarah break up a fight in the boys' bathroom, he's furious. Until he meets Tom.
Tom is from New York, loves music, makes Indigo laugh and is unfazed by the bullies. But Tom has troubles of his own - can the boys help each other out?
'Warm, touching and hilarious' Guardian
The first book in the series, Saffy's Angel, won the Whitbread Children's Book Award, and book 3, Permanent Rose, was shortlisted for the same award, celebrating McKay's talent for conveying the anarchic bedlam of family life.
Fans of Saffy's Angel will welcome this return visit to the spirited English family, the Cassons, whose artist parents endearingly dotty Eve and frustratingly absent Bill have named their progeny from a paint color chart. This time 12-year-old Indigo takes center stage with his well-meaning younger sister Rose, who is concerned about her brother's victimization by a gang of bullies in his class (she writes a string of simultaneously funny and wistful letters to Bill, recapping each "crisis" to lure him home). Older sister Saffy, "blazing like an angry comet," storms into the boys' bathroom at school and valiantly threatens the thugs if they dare touch Indigo again (in a satisfying move, she tears out a clump of the bully's hair). But the gang continues to torment Indigo as well as Tom, an American who is spending the school year with his grandmother in England. Much of the narrative centers on the evolving friendship between Indigo and Tom, a lonely, guitar-playing boy who, like wheelchair-bound Sarah from the previous novel, feels happy for the first time in a long span while with the Cassons. The growing bond between Tom and Rose provides a second emotional axis to the novel, and McKay's portrayal of the family dynamics and the dialogue among the Cassons are as riotous and refreshing as ever. The initial interaction between Indigo and Tom rings curiously hollow, but the situation reverses itself as their rapport deepens. Fans will be hoping for another installment in this memorable family's adventures. Ages 8-12.
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It was an amazing book about bullying and there is so many more I want to read.☺️☺️☺️😁