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Love is in the air for the Casson family! Four hilarious, endearing tales unfold as Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy each tell their intertwining stories. Rose begins by showing how she does special with her Valentine's card for Tom in New York. Not to be outdone, Indigo has his own surprise in store for the Valentine,s Day disco at school. For her part, Saffy has an unusual date in a very, very dark graveyard, and is haunted by a balloon that almost costs her her best friend.

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Overview

Love is in the air for the Casson family! Four hilarious, endearing tales unfold as Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy each tell their intertwining stories. Rose begins by showing how she does special with her Valentine's card for Tom in New York. Not to be outdone, Indigo has his own surprise in store for the Valentine,s Day disco at school. For her part, Saffy has an unusual date in a very, very dark graveyard, and is haunted by a balloon that almost costs her her best friend.

But it is Caddy who dares everything -- as she tells all about love at first sight when you have found the Real Thing. Unfortunately the Real Thing is not darling Michael. What is Rose going to do?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The four engaging Casson offspring in turn contribute their voices to this enchanting follow-up to Saffy's Angel, Indigo's Star and Permanent Rose. Because of its episodic format, the book is perhaps best suited to fans of the series. Outspoken Rose, prone to diverting digressions, muses on the fate of her escaped hamsters, shares her best friend's outrageous tall tales, and describes her brave journey to the backyard shed one stormy night. Earnest Indigo describes Rose's mass-production of Valentine cards and quotes Saffy's derisive comment that Valentines can't be special "if you send them off in dozens," to which Rose responds, "This is how I do special." When Indigo salvages the near-doomed Valentine's Day dance, he wryly notes, "This is how I do special." Down-to-earth Saffy introduces her entertainingly eccentric beau, Oscar, who takes Saffy and Rose for a ride in his Internet-purchased car, which resembles "an ancient, unhappy, giant toad." When they run out of gas, Oscar's older brother Alex rescues them. Enter flighty Caddy who, immediately smitten by Alex, decides that he "is probably the Real Thing at last." In many ways the soul of the Cassons, Rose fittingly gets the last word. In McKay's hands, even the things that the Cassons might deem wrong with their lives make for a narrative that is just right. Here, as in the past, the author "does special" quite splendidly. Ages 10-14. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Rose Casson is quite a character. She likes to color pieces of cardboard black so she will have a "fold-up" sky; she worships her "grown up" sister, Caddy (she's off at university); her sister Saffron is really her cousin; her best friend loves to tell tall tales; her brother "looks dead" when he's sleeping (people wake him up a lot to make sure he's not); and she calls her artist mom "Mummy." Oh, and she has a "daddy" (an artist that her mummy calls "Darling Bill"), but he lives in London. He does, however, show up for the wedding. If this all sounds a bit over the top, you're right. Is this a story about love? Friendship? Or is it really about personal growth? It is hard to tell, because the story lines all get a bit jumbled. But this tale is so well written, engaging, and humorous, that readers will probably stick with it until the very last page. The big question is where does one find a friend like Rose? It is not every girl who is willing to dust her entire body in talc and cocoa powders "just to see what it would be like to be all one color." 2006, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 10 to 14.
—Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-In this fourth installment featuring the Casson family, McKay's strong points shine through. Though it takes much of the book to get there, the climactic event is the (attempted) marriage of oldest sister, Caddy, to someone other than Darling Michael. The youngest sibling, Rose, has promised Michael not to let his true love marry anyone else in his absence. Luckily, Rose's teacher has informed her that there is a point in the ceremony where the "umpire" says: "Anyone got any problems before I go ahead?" McKay's brilliance is in her characterization. As the narrative viewpoint shifts, each character is unique, charming, and entirely likable. The depth of the story is conveyed in the dynamic of this family that is at times both touching and hilarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem. It does not stand alone, however, as previous knowledge of the characters and the story line is required.-Rebecca Stine, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Lovers of McKay's other offerings about the irrepressibly wacky and loving Casson family won't be disappointed by this latest installment. Each paint-named sibling gets to have a voice in alternating chapters filled with endearing, self-revelatory musings laced with warmth, humor and adventures only they could have. Readers who may have found the other Casson tomes a trifle arch will be satisfied as well: McKay downplays coy and plays up charm and fun. While the self-named chapters reveal a great deal about the individual "authors," they also ring true about the other siblings, their parents, friends and neighbors. Events leading up to a wedding are always fraught with peril; they are here, too, but also with mischief and laughter. Caddy, the would-be bride, makes a late appearance, but by then, unbeknownst to her, her fate has been pretty well sealed in an extremely satisfying and comical ending. (Fiction. 10-14)
From the Publisher
"A real gem."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340903155
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 5/17/2007

Meet the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of six novels about the Casson family: Caddy’s World (which received three starred reviews), Saffy’s Angel (winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book), Indigo’s Star (an ALA Notable Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book), Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After, and Forever Rose. 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 HilaryMcKay.co.uk.

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THE FLYING FEELING

by Rose Casson

Class 4

Today I fell asleep in class. School had hardly begun (it was Literacy Hour). Miss Farley, my class teacher, touched me on my shoulder to wake me up.

"NO NO," I shouted very loudly, and fell on the floor and crawled under the table to escape.

Then I realized where I was, so I came out and sat down again as quietly as I could. I hoped that if I was quick and quiet enough Miss Farley almost would not notice I had done anything unusual. But she did.

Miss Farley said, "Rose, is there anything wrong? Here at school? Or at home, perhaps?"

I could tell by the way she looked at me that she had not forgotten about yesterday.

Copyright © 2006 by Hilary McKay

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Introduction

About the Books

The Casson family — four creative children, an absentminded mother, largely absent father, ragtag group of friends, ramshackle house, and large collection of guinea pigs — is unlike any you've ever seen. Beginning with Saffy's Angel and continuing through Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After and Forever Rose, Hilary McKay has chronicled the lives of this unique, mad, and utterly brilliant clan. Whether Indigo is dealing with bullies at school, Rose is stealing engagement rings, or Caddy is deciding whom she loves enough to marry, the Casson family is up to the challenge. Quirky, loving, and wise beyond their years, this British brood has advetures you won't want to miss.

About the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many beloved novels, such as Saffy's Angel, which was the winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2002, as well as several picture books, including Was That Christmas?, illustrated by Amanda Harvey. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England.

Discussion Questions

  • Where do the Casson children get their names? Do these names fit them? What do their names, and how they got them, tell us about the family in general?
  • What do you think about Bill's and Eve's styles of parenting? In what ways are their styles similar, and in what ways are they different? Are they good parents? Do you think the four children would have turned out differently if they'd been brought up by a more traditional couple?
  • InSaffy's Angel, why is it so important to Saffy that she find the memento from her grandfather? Does it matter that, in the end, it's her siblings who end up finding it?
  • Does Saffy's status in the family change when she discovers the identity of her father? Why or why not? What prompted Saffy to look for her real father?
  • Despite the family being so close-knit, both Saffy and Rose talk about feeling lonely. What is the reason that each of them feels lonely? How do they each deal with their loneliness?
  • The Casson children have several friends — Sarah, Tom, and David — who come to be like members of the family. How did each of these friendships begin? Is this the "normal" way to become friends with someone? Do these strange beginnings affect the quality of the friendships?
  • Why does Indigo become a target for the gang of bullies in Indigo's Star? How does his place in the group change when he becomes friends with Tom? What does Indigo have to do to stop being a victim to the gang?
  • Why do Rose and Tom get along so well? Does their relationship affect how Tom relates to the rest of the family? How does his affection for Rose help him when there is a crisis in his own family?
  • Indigo has a number of fears, including heights, Caddy's driving, and losing his sisters. How does he deal with his fears? Is he the only Casson child who is afraid of things? What are the others afraid of, and how do they deal with their fears?
  • In Permanent Rose, why does Rose start shoplifting? Does she view this as a bad thing to do? How does she feel about the fact that David is the only person who figures out what she's doing?
  • Discuss Rose's relationship with Bill. Is it different from the other characters' relationships with him? In what ways is Bill a disappointment to Rose, and in what ways is he just what she needs?
  • The format of Caddy Ever After is different from the other books. Why do you think the author chose to write the book this way? How does it change the way you experience the story?
  • Caddy goes through a lot of boyfriends and has trouble committing to Michael. Why is it so hard for her to think about being married to him? Why does she agree to marry Alex? Why doesn't she tell Michael about Buttercup?
  • Why doesn't Rose read? Do you agree with Saffy and Sarah that it's important for her to start reading? Are there any similarities between Rose's reading problem and Caddy's difficulty with passing her exams?
  • How does Rose's trip to the zoo in Forever Rose change her and the circumstances in her life? Is she happy with these changes? Do you think she should have been punished?
  • Why is it so important to David that he be accepted by the Casson family? What makes it so difficult for this to happen?
  • How does the artistic nature of the Casson family affect each of the children? What would their lives be like without art and music? How do the people around them feel about the creativity of the household?

Activities

  • Bill, Eve, and Rose are all talented painters who find great joy in this form of artistic expression. Gather some supplies and paint something that you love — your family, your pet, your favorite spot — and see if you enjoy it.
  • One night, Sarah and Saffy map out a route from England (where they live) to America (where Tom lives). See if you can plan a route from London to New York...one that does not involve an airplane.
  • After years of raising hamsters and guinea pigs, Caddy devotes her adult life to working with animals. Find some place in your community — an animal shelter, a zoo, an aquarium, etc. — where you can volunteer with animals.
  • Tom teaches Indigo how to play the guitar, and then David takes up the drums. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Look into renting an instrument and taking lessons.
  • Go to an art supply store and find a paint chart like the one that hangs in the Casson kitchen. Which colors do you think would make good names?
  • The Casson family is very dramatic, and many interesting things go on in their home. Choose your favorite scene and act it out. Be as creative and dramatic as you can.

This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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About the Books

The Casson family — four creative children, an absentminded mother, largely absent father, ragtag group of friends, ramshackle house, and large collection of guinea pigs — is unlike any you've ever seen. Beginning with Saffy's Angel and continuing through Indigo's Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After and Forever Rose, Hilary McKay has chronicled the lives of this unique, mad, and utterly brilliant clan. Whether Indigo is dealing with bullies at school, Rose is stealing engagement rings, or Caddy is deciding whom she loves enough to marry, the Casson family is up to the challenge. Quirky, loving, and wise beyond their years, this British brood has advetures you won't want to miss.

About the Author

Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many beloved novels, such as Saffy's Angel, which was the winner of the Whitbread Award, an ALA Notable Book, a Boston Globe - Horn Book Award Honor Book, and a School Library Journal Best Book of 2002, as well as several picture books, including Was That Christmas?, illustrated by Amanda Harvey. Hilary lives with her family in Derbyshire, England.

Discussion Questions

  • Where do the Casson children get their names? Do these names fit them? What do their names, and how they got them, tell us about the family in general?
  • What do you think about Bill's and Eve's styles of parenting? In what ways are their styles similar, and in what ways are they different? Are they good parents? Do you think the four children would have turned out differently if they'd been brought up by a more traditional couple?
  • In Saffy's Angel, why is it so important to Saffy that she find the memento from her grandfather? Does it matter that, in the end, it's her siblings who end up finding it?
  • Does Saffy's status in the family change when she discovers the identity of her father? Why or why not? What prompted Saffy to look for her real father?
  • Despite the family being so close-knit, both Saffy and Rose talk about feeling lonely. What is the reason that each of them feels lonely? How do they each deal with their loneliness?
  • The Casson children have several friends — Sarah, Tom, and David — who come to be like members of the family. How did each of these friendships begin? Is this the "normal" way to become friends with someone? Do these strange beginnings affect the quality of the friendships?
  • Why does Indigo become a target for the gang of bullies in Indigo's Star? How does his place in the group change when he becomes friends with Tom? What does Indigo have to do to stop being a victim to the gang?
  • Why do Rose and Tom get along so well? Does their relationship affect how Tom relates to the rest of the family? How does his affection for Rose help him when there is a crisis in his own family?
  • Indigo has a number of fears, including heights, Caddy's driving, and losing his sisters. How does he deal with his fears? Is he the only Casson child who is afraid of things? What are the others afraid of, and how do they deal with their fears?
  • In Permanent Rose, why does Rose start shoplifting? Does she view this as a bad thing to do? How does she feel about the fact that David is the only person who figures out what she's doing?
  • Discuss Rose's relationship with Bill. Is it different from the other characters' relationships with him? In what ways is Bill a disappointment to Rose, and in what ways is he just what she needs?
  • The format of Caddy Ever After is different from the other books. Why do you think the author chose to write the book this way? How does it change the way you experience the story?
  • Caddy goes through a lot of boyfriends and has trouble committing to Michael. Why is it so hard for her to think about being married to him? Why does she agree to marry Alex? Why doesn't she tell Michael about Buttercup?
  • Why doesn't Rose read? Do you agree with Saffy and Sarah that it's important for her to start reading? Are there any similarities between Rose's reading problem and Caddy's difficulty with passing her exams?
  • How does Rose's trip to the zoo in Forever Rose change her and the circumstances in her life? Is she happy with these changes? Do you think she should have been punished?
  • Why is it so important to David that he be accepted by the Casson family? What makes it so difficult for this to happen?
  • How does the artistic nature of the Casson family affect each of the children? What would their lives be like without art and music? How do the people around them feel about the creativity of the household?

Activities

  • Bill, Eve, and Rose are all talented painters who find great joy in this form of artistic expression. Gather some supplies and paint something that you love — your family, your pet, your favorite spot — and see if you enjoy it.
  • One night, Sarah and Saffy map out a route from England (where they live) to America (where Tom lives). See if you can plan a route from London to New York...one that does not involve an airplane.
  • After years of raising hamsters and guinea pigs, Caddy devotes her adult life to working with animals. Find some place in your community — an animal shelter, a zoo, an aquarium, etc. — where you can volunteer with animals.
  • Tom teaches Indigo how to play the guitar, and then David takes up the drums. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Look into renting an instrument and taking lessons.
  • Go to an art supply store and find a paint chart like the one that hangs in the Casson kitchen. Which colors do you think would make good names?
  • The Casson family is very dramatic, and many interesting things go on in their home. Choose your favorite scene and act it out. Be as creative and dramatic as you can.

This reading group guide has been provided by Simon & Schuster for classroom, library, and reading group use. It may be reproduced in its entirety or excerpted for these purposes.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

    Funny, Different, but overall GREAT!

    Now I found this book at one of my school's book bananzas where you can buy old books. I thought it was kind of childish so I was planning to give it to my little sister. When I was going to give it to her she asked me if I could read it to her, so I agreed. We read it together and enjoyed it. I thought it was a great book to share with someone younger. The book was funny and I liked how the narrarator went from sibling to sibling.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Casson Family is so much fun!

    Hilary McKay does not disappoint as she gives voice to our beloved Cassons once again. Here, each chapter is devoted to a different Casson (Rose, Caddy, Indigo, Saffron...) and their narratives are hilarious, endearing, and totally readable over and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Gotta LOVE the Casson Family!

    In the fourth novel in the series, oldest child Cadium Gold, aka Caddy, is off to get married! As if her household isn't hectic enough! If you love the Casson family, don't give up on the series! Read this book!
    I recommended the rest of the series. I also suggested "Sand Dollar Summer", because it has realistic adventures and family drama, just like this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    caddy ever after

    Caddy Ever After is one of my favorite books i've ever read. I didnt want to stop reading it and for that reason i would defienitlly recomend it. The main characters were Rose, Indigo, Saffron, and Caddy Caddy is in love with Michael and is determinded to marry him until she meets Alex and falls for him. Rose doesnt want Caddy to marry Alex. The story is told by all 4 and is also about a valentines dance at there school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2008

    I love the whole series.

    I have just finished reading the Casson family series, and hope that there is another book to it! I loved these books, especially this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2008

    Caddy Ever After

    Caddy Ever After is one of my favorite books i've ever read. I didnt want to stop reading it and for that reason i would defienitlly recomend it. The main characters were Rose, Indigo, Saffron, and Caddy Caddy is in love with Michael and is determinded to marry him until she meets Alex and falls for him. Rose doesnt want Caddy to marry Alex. The story is told by all 4 and is also about a valentines dance at there school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Chaos, Crazyness, and Love

    The Casson family is back and this time Caddy is in danger of marrying the wrong man in Hillary McKay¿s fourth installment of her fictional Casson family series, Caddy Ever After. Caddy, the oldest child in the family, has broken her engagement with Michael and is now engaged to marry Alex, a serious animal photographer who only cares about his work. Rose, the youngest of the family, desperately despises Alex and wants to stop the wedding. Meanwhile, she has joined a ghost club! Indigo, the only boy in the family, competes with Oscar to see who can bring the most CDs to the Valentines Day dance. Saffy, the middle sister, goes on a date with Oscar to a spooky graveyard. Oscar gives her a haunted balloon which may cost Saffy her best friend¿s life. Will Rose be able to stop the wedding? In this heartwarming teen drama, Caddy¿s wedding plans create chaos for the Casson family. In my opinion Caddy Ever After is the second best book in the Casson Family series (the best is Saffy¿s Angel). I love how McKay creates a family full of characters that come to life. At some points in the book I felt joyous, at other times I experienced great sorrow. McKay made a good choice to write her book in 3rd person because I knew what each character was thinking which gave me a deeper understanding of them. McKay really made me feel passionate about the characters and as I read on I felt more connected to each one. I especially related to Caddy, because she is the oldest in the family (like me), we have both made difficult choices in our lives, and we have interests in art. This book was an extreme page turner that I could not put down. I would recommend it to any teen who loves books about chaotic but loving families.

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