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Saffy's Angel (Costa Children's Book Award (Awards)) Hardcover – May 1, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
We meet Saffy in the terrific opening sentence of the novel, "When Saffron was eight, and had at last learned to read, she hunted slowly through the color chart pinned up on the kitchen wall."
Through her exploration of a painter's color chart the story of her adoption into the Casson family is revealed. She learns that she was born in Siena, Italy and brought to England by her grandfather when her own mother died in an automobile crash. Although the focus of the story is on Saffy's search for her place in the family, the rest of the characters are so wonderfully drawn that the reader feels a personal connection with each one of them. The way the family members interact and care for each other is touching yet tremendously funny too.
Caddy's driving lessons (and her crush on the driving instructor) are hilarious. I laughed and laughed as I read. Indigo's valiant attempts to conquer his various fears are profoundly moving. Rose is a no holds barred artist. Her realistic view and handling of their father and his dismay at his unconventional family is cheering.
I sought this book out when the Junior Library Guild chose "Indigo's Star" as a selection this fall. Lucky for me, I will get to spend another afternoon with the Cassons now.
Stop what you are doing right now: order it, place it on hold at your library, or go out and buy it! You will thank me.
I hope that many other people find this book by accident as well.
Thank you Saffy!
Although this book was written for a young adult audience, I enjoyed it thoroughly!
This is the only one I can think of right now -- even classics like THE TREASURE SEEKERS and SWALLOWS & AMAZONS start to lose energy (and credibility) with the later books.
It's also unusual to find books that make you laugh and cry, without ever veering into sentimentality.
The writing throughout is brilliant -- and she has a way that I can't quite figure out of sometimes building up to a big scene, then skipping over it and letting what happened emerge in dialog which only intensifies the emotional effect. I don't want to say anything about what happens, because suspense is part of the fun, too.
READ THEM. I have just finished REreading the whole series (SAFFY'S ANGEL, INDIGO'S STAR, PERMANENT ROSE, CADDY EVER AFTER, and FOREVER ROSE) for the second time. I don't understand why these books aren't famous! I only found out about them because a friend did the new covers and posted about McKay's brilliance on Facebook.
I am recommending them to everyone I know.
My only regret is that the copies I got had the old covers (stock photos of girls) -- apparently the new ones won't be sold until the old ones sell out. The new covers are charming and capture the characters perfectly, judging by the only one I got (INDIGO'S STAR).
Libby Koponen (author)
Cadmium, known as Caddy, was gold just as color that shows her name.
Saffron is one tint of yellow, and yellow usually shows stubbornes and proudness, words that discribe Saffy.
Indigo, pale, thin, black-ahired boy, who's usually dressed in black, really fits as dark, Indigo color.
And youngest Rose is real, amrt and out-goings, jsut as color of red Rose.
But, stranges for all 4 kids is Saffy, closed and shy. She's like that all since she was 8, since she learned to read, and since she could, from chair, read that there's no her name on color chard.
All since she found out that she's adopted.
Since then, Saffy si hunted by dreams about garden and stone angel with words "Saffy's Angel" on it. When Saffy mets little spoilt, stubborn girl from neiburhood, Sarah, who's born whith adventure spirit, this two best friends decice to go to Siena, town in Italy, where Eve's twin sister, Saffy's mother, lived with Saffy before she died in car accident, to find "Saffy's Angel".
But how will they get to Siena? Will they even go there? And what will happen with other Casson kids? All that you can find out in this exciting, family novel by Hialary McKay which will amke you cry... from laugh!
I'm sometimes vary critic about books, there are many that I like but only few of them are my fave. Saffy's Angel is one of few. It's sassy, funny, family, warm, deffrent, lovely, emotinal, beautiful... There are 100 more words that describe this novel!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love listening to Julia Sawalha's voice. I would buy a grocery list reading if she was narrating!Published 1 day ago by Joanne Allen
Saffy's Angel is a thoroughly enjoyable piece of Children's Literature with a complex yet beautiful plot. Read morePublished 8 days ago by K. S. Campbell
I loved it. Saffy's angel has a unique charm that can not be replicated. I especially liked the ride to Wales and Saffron stowing away. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jaime julca
All of the books in the Casson Family series are great: A nice mix of humor and heart. They are very relatable to a large age group of young readers, which is unique since some... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jillian
I liked this book but it lost my interest in the middle and then picked up towards the end. I'm an adult and was reading it to contemplate whether my daughter would like it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mamma Ro
Saffy's Angel is a good book, but not the best one I've read. Saffron learns that she is not really a member of the Casson family, but she is their cousin. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Dodds
It had its sadness and its happiness it also was so so so so awesome. You could not believe it at all.Published on July 21, 2014 by Consumer Confidence with Carl
Really a nicely written book. Very good vocabulary and kept the little one busy for days. Very highly recommended product.Published on June 20, 2014 by RoseE
Saffron Casson is thirteen, a worrier, and confused. A few years ago, she discovered that the people she'd always thought were her parents are her aunt and uncle. Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by E.J. Jones