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Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of The Skylarks' War (which was a Boston Globe Best Book, and received three starred reviews), Binny Bewitched (which was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and received two starred reviews), Binny in Secret (which received three starred reviews), Binny for Short (which received four starred reviews), and six novels about the Casson family: Saffy's Angel, Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After, Forever Rose, and Caddy's World. She is also the author of Wishing for Tomorrow, the sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England. Visit her at


Gr 5-8-This is the sequel (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2005) to Hilary McKay's Indigo's Star (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2004) and Saffy's Angel (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2002), featuring the Casson family. The summer that Indy's friend Tom leaves for New York to care for his baby sister in America, the family grows up and makes some mature decisions. Cassy vacillates between wanting to marry Michael and breaking off the engagement. Saffy and her friend Sarah turn to the Internet to find Saffy's biological father, and Rose's shoplifting habits intensify as she tries to fill the void of Tom's absence. Indigo uses Le Morte D'Arthur as therapy for Rose, but surprisingly, it's redeemed ex-bully and gang member David who effectively dissuades Rose from a life of crime by sharing his past experiences. Sophie Aldred's narration is engaging and energetic. Vocal interpretations of characters are spot-on, albeit stereotypical in boorish David's case, while Rose and Saffy's characters border on shrill but remain vivacious and witty. The rainbow of experiences and the quick-moving plot will enthrall listeners who will eagerly await the next installment.-Ann Crewdson, King County Library System, Issaquah, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Permanent Rose, the youngest and perhaps most beguiling of the endearing Casson clan, had a shining role in Indigo's Star and turns out another stellar performance in this sequel. The eight-year-old's current dilemmas involve her lingering sense of loss-mostly of Tom, Indigo's American friend to whom Rose became fiercely devoted while the boy was living temporarily in England; and also her fear of losing beloved Michael, Caddy's fianc?, who brings Rose a rose every day to ease her sadness since Tom's departure. When Caddy begins to have doubts about marrying Michael, Rose purloins her engagement ring, rationalizing that "Caddy could not give back a ring she did not have." Rose has a new admirer in this tale: kind, bumbling David, now a friend of Indigo but once a bully to him and Tom, so loyal Rose initially resists his attempts to befriend her. Playing a pivotal role in the plot, David convinces Rose to return Caddy's ring-and cleverly manages "to find Tom for Rose." Despite repeated references to previous events in the Cassons' lives (e.g. Saffy at last learns the-surprising-identify of her father), McKay creates characters so fully formed that readers can enjoy this as a standalone-but will more likely scamper off to find the earlier novels. McKay once again effortlessly eases into the hearts and voices of the members of this irresistible family during this entertaining and heartrending visit with the Cassons. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"Exemplary comic writing -- buoyant, perceptive, subversive." -- Horn Book, starred review
"Entertaining and heartrending." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Wonderful." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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