Saffy s Angel The four Casson children whose mother Eve is a fine arts painter have all been given the names of paint colors Cadmium Caddy is the eldest then Saffron Saffy Indigo the only boy and Rose the y

  • Title: Saffy's Angel
  • Author: Hilary McKay Ann Sullivan
  • ISBN: 9780689849343
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • The four Casson children, whose mother, Eve, is a fine arts painter, have all been given the names of paint colors Cadmium Caddy , is the eldest then Saffron Saffy Indigo, the only boy and Rose, the youngest When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her that it makes no difference at all Saffy iThe four Casson children, whose mother, Eve, is a fine arts painter, have all been given the names of paint colors Cadmium Caddy , is the eldest then Saffron Saffy Indigo, the only boy and Rose, the youngest When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her that it makes no difference at all Saffy is the daughter of Eve s twin sister, who lived in Siena, Italy, and died in a car crash Grandad brought Saffy, as a very small child, back from Siena At Grandad s death he leaves something to each of the children To Saffy, it is her angel, although no one knows its identity How Saffy discovers what her angel is, with the help of an energetic new friend, lies at the heart of this enchanting story Unforgettable characters come alive in often deeply humorous and always absorbing events to be treasured for a long, long time.

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    1. Hilary McKay Ann Sullivan says:

      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 After reading Botany and Zoology at St Andrew s University Hilary then went on to work as a biochemist in an Analysis Department Hilary enjoyed the work but at the same time had a burning desire to write After the birth of her two children, Hilary wanted to devote time to bringing up her children and writing so decided to leave her job.One of the best things about being a writer, says Hilary, is receiving letters from children She wishes that she had written to authors as a child, but it never occurred to her to contact themHilary now lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family When not writing Hilary loves walking, reading, and having friends to stay.



    2 thoughts on “Saffy's Angel

    1. Saffy's Angel is poignant and hilarious, and very, very British, and absolutely fabulous. I don't quite know how to recap it without ruining the constant surprise of the humor, but why don't you meet the characters?Here's Rose: 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 [...]

    2. A LiveJournal friend introduced me to the novels of Hilary McKay. They are not fantasies or science fiction, and yet one of their attractions is that peculiar timelessness of certain types of family novels that center around kids, as written by English authors. Well, no, a few Americans have done them, though not many as far as I know. Elizabeth Enright being one. But anyway, they remind me of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and Antonia Forest's Marlows (note just how much used copies go for! [...]

    3. It’s very hard to explain why this book is so beautiful and so moving. I can start with the barest of summaries: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 [...]

    4. Saffy's Angel starts off a bit harrowing as the author drives you immediately into the world of a family afflicted with artism and associated dysfunctions. Fortunately, that first scene includes a walk-on by a woman who can be used to represent your every-day sensibilities and if you let her carry your own quibbles and expectations as she leaves, you'll be just fine. If you can't do this, there's no way to enjoy the book so you'd best stop there.Fortunately for those of us not tied too tightly t [...]

    5. Delightful! A touch of "everything old is new again" here. As comforting and nostalgic as warm rice pudding. The narrator's tone and the characters' language made me often feel I was reading the sort of books I read as a child (translation: books at least 25+ years old). And yet, convincingly contemporary, in particular with wry humor and unidealized characters. The author's affection for all her characters, much as she laughs at them, is one of the book's principal charms. I'm in search of the [...]

    6. I just LOVE Hilary McKay. I have read Saffy's Angel several times now and it STILL makes me laugh out loud again and again--even when I know what's coming.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 [...]

    7. I wrote a critical essay for school on this, and it was labelled (by the teacher who hasn't read it) as "girly teen fiction", because it is not about war or best friends killing each other (although there are deaths, and best friends). Fiction? Yes. Teen? Maybe, although there is a massive variety of ages that enjoy this book. Girly? No. My brother enjoys this book. He doesn't like reading, but still he is working on getting through the rest of the series.Maybe people on will apprciate my essay [...]

    8. Lovely British children's book about a family of eccentrics. The mom is an absent-minded painter who named her children after paint colors, the hilariously insensitive father is nearly entirely absent, and the four kids are up to assorted hijinks involving keeping hamsters in pockets, stowing away to Italy, and searching for Saffron's inheritance, a missing stone angel.A plot description doesn't do it justice. McKay is one of those writers (mostly British, in my experience) who writes short, see [...]

    9. Enjoyed my evenings with this book. Fun voice. Delightful,charming child characters immersed in the kind of loyal, loving, sibling relationships that any good parent would be proud of, but seemingly caused by that exact deprivation. Completely disfunctional parents, the mother of whom I felt sorry for and the self absorbed,clueless father, whom annoyed me to distraction. A quick read, not something that leaves you with any profound, lingering thoughts but with a smile just the same. I was engage [...]

    10. To be quite honest, the overwhelming twee at the beginning put me out. I could deal with the kids being twee, because they are kids, but the parenting in this book really annoyed me throughout, and even, in Bill's case, super enraged me. (I think as a kid I would have found Eve's behavior cool, or whatever, but as a parent myself, oh boy, I had Thoughts.)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 [...]

    11. My daughters loved this book but I couldn't get over the father- who treated his wife with such condescension and belittled her art while escaping to the city so he can play the big artist. Also, I have a thing about stories about overly flaky artists. I don't like it. I find it annoying and propagates this myth that people who do art necessarily have to be flighty instead of hard-working, hard-thinking individuals who know how to pay bills and feed their children.Having said these very personal [...]

    12. BEST FAMILY EVER. Droopy Di. Michael the driving instructor. Sarah and her wheelchair and her parents in France! The siblings. The color chart that started it all.“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 [...]

    13. I would have given this book a five but for a few things. First of all, that Saffy's adoption was a secret. Do you guys know how ridiculous that is? The idea of not telling my little sister she's adopted is sheer dumbness. Secondly, her father was an idiot. End of story. Quite a stupid person. And Sarah irritated me a lot. Not to say the book was bad at all. The writing I thought was beautiful, the siblings were really funny and sweet, Cadmium made me laugh a lot, and I loved Rose and Indigo. I [...]

    14. This was CHARMING. It reminded me of the older children's books I read as a kid. I laughed my way through the last few chapters and the ending was WONDERFUL.(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)]

    15. I really enjoyed this book. From the cover it originally seems like a girly teen book but I actually found it very moving at times. I also loved that every character has their own story which adds to the whole plot.

    16. Ohhhh. That was far less sweet, and far more wonderful, than I was expecting. How did it take me so long to finally read this?

    17. This book was recommended to me by a friend. It was one of those moments when I judged a book by the cover. However my judgement was wrong. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it.

    18. Reminded me quite a bit of the Penderwick books, but of course British and not quite so modern. Very similar feel, though, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series (like with the Penderwick books, I suspect the youngest girl will be my favourite).

    19. This book is about a family and their respective lives. Also when Saffy discovered quite by accident that she has been adopted as she is deeply upset though the other assured her that it makes no difference at all. Saffy is the daughter of Eve twin sister who lived in Sienna Italy and died in a car crash. Grand dad Taffy as a very small child back from Sienma. Granddad's death he leave something to each of the children. To saffy it is "her angel" although no one knows its identity. How Saffy dis [...]

    20. September 11, 2010Based 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 [...]

    21. Meet the Cassons—Saffy’s very eccentric, tight-knit family that includes an older sister who can’t drive a lick despite 99 lessons from a cute instructor; a brother who tries to overcome his many fears through unconventional means; a baby sister who is a small force to be reckoned with; a distant dad who spends most of the time working in his London studio; and a ditzy mom who works on her art in a shed at the family’s home outside the city. All of the Casson children—Cadmium, Indigo, [...]

    22. Review originally poster here.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 [...]

    23. My copy of Saffy's Angel has been read through so many times that by now, the spine has become floppy and the corners are well-worn and curling upward. It's difficult to say why exactly I love this book. It could be the charming Casson family and their outrageous friends who seem both realistic and yet too good to be true. It might be Mckay's simplistic writing style which is neither too formal or too "easy". But mostly, what I think does it for me is Mckay's vivid imagery. Anyone can write a st [...]

    24. The writing, oh gosh, the writing. I usually have to detach my feelings about the writing when reviewing a book because I am so critical towards it and focus on the story alone, but McKay's prose and stylistic narration is some of the best I have read, for a middle-grade borderline YA novel no less! The mystery surrounding Saffy's inheritance and her past kept me invested as a teenager and it continues to do so in my early twenties. But the mystery is not what drew me to the book years ago and i [...]

    25. If you haven't met Hilary McKay's enchanting Casson family, then make sure you remedy this omission! Their parents are painters- Bill, their father is a successful and acclaimed artist, living and working in London; Eve, their mother, make ends meet by painting popular subjects and teaching art classes. The children- Caddy, Indigo, Saffron and Rose- get by as best they can in their loving but slightly chaotic home.Saffron is the focus of this book. She discovers at the age of 8 that she is the a [...]

    26. I'm really amazed that there's something out there that captures the spirit of Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle plus all those interlaced family novels I read as a kid (though I'm blanking on any titles, but I guess somewhere between All of a Kind Family and Little Women), and doesn't sacrifice the modern world. There are mobile phones! It's not trapped in some ridiculous past masquerading as the present--it is thoroughly the present. But it has a pleasant sensibility of another time.The Casso [...]

    27. Saffy meets Sarah, a girl with a wheelchair, who is determined to help her find her angel. Saffron even becomes a stowaway in Sarah's beanbag, as they travel together to Siena, Italy, the place of Saffy's birth. Saffy's siblings go to their grandfather's old house and find Saffy's angel. However, when they open the box with Saffy's angel they find it broken in many pieces. Eventually, Saffy gets her angel (pieced together by Caddy, Indigo and Rose).

    28. I fell in love with Saffy's delightful, goofy family. I hope there are more books about them. It's a book positively infused with gentleness, a bemused goodwill, and love. So much love on every page. No surprises, no tears. I left it in the observation car on the train and was happy to see a young girl engrossed in it the very next day. A sheer delight.

    29. What a perfectly delightful book. I'm totally hooked on the Casson family now and so glad to see there are more books about them! I laughed so hard while I read this-the characters are irresistible. Reading about this sweet, eccentric English family was a real treat.

    30. re-read it and it seemed a little slow in the beginning, but then became so charming that it was every bit as good as I remembered.

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