Caddy Ever After

Caddy Ever After

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by Hilary McKay
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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?

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."

SLJ

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340903155
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
05/17/2007

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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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