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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,036 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary McKay Narrator: Sophie Aldred Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Casson Family Series Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9780307283986
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Feisty Rose takes center stage as the highly original Casson family faces a long, hot summer.

As usual, things are a bit chaotic. Eldest daughter Caddy is now engaged to darling Michael, and she’s not altogether sure she likes it. Saffy and Sarah are on a mission to find Saffy’s biological father (while cultivating hearts of stone). Indigo is cautiosly beginning a friendship with a reformed bully, who desparately wants to feel like part of the Casson family. Rose, while missing Tom (who none of them have heard from) dreadfully, enters into a life of petty crime, shoplifting small items until her misadventures nearly bring disaster. An accidental trip to London and a visit with Rose’s father lead to a startling revelation, but through it all Rose’s single-minded determination to find Tom remains as fierce as it is hopeless. Or is it?

Hilary McKay has painted the fond mayhem of this delightful family with such humor, warmth, and authenticity that readers will fall in love with them all over again. Once you’ve visited the Casson household, you may never want to leave.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This rollicking story is sure to keep this family’s old fans and capture new ones.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Entertaining and heartrending.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Wonderful.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • Shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in 2005

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair Stevens | 2/11/2014

    " This book was a really good book.I liked how you would think something was going to happen but then some total different would happen. How if you would read something and you forget about it then it poops up and it refreshes you memory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amara | 2/9/2014

    " Quite a while ago. Time to find it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tahlia | 1/28/2014

    " ALL of these books about the Casson family are delightful! I want to own them all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 1/20/2014

    " Finished this book in the middle of the night countering a bout of rain-induced insomnia. Rose is the youngest of the eccentric Casson family (and what English family in literature isn't eccentric?) 8-year old Rose has no real life of her own outside her art, but is completely immersed in outside lives of her 3 siblings issues without them really noticing. This is both the strength and weakness of this book. McKay shows the complexity of family life, particularly how one sibling relates to another siblings friends. But unfortunately, the book doesn't stand alone very well. I read the first in the series, Saffy's Angel, but missed Indigo blue, and found myself a little in the dark at points, speculating as to what must have happened in the previous book. But at least I have something to look forward to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyn | 1/13/2014

    " The Casson family rocks. Whatever the problem they always come through for each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carre | 1/9/2014

    " Once you meet the Casson family, you'll be sucked in and hooked forever. Never was there a family so eclectic, yet so warm, real and full of hope--maybe in all of children's literature. This is the 3rd of the series: start with Saffy's Angel, then read Indigo's Star. After this one, read Caddy Ever After, then--calloo callay! The new 5th book, Permanent Rose, which I haven't read yet, but can't wait to do! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Apoorva | 12/21/2013

    " I likes it because it was FULL of adventure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 12/19/2013

    " Saint, or just more or less totally bonkers? Probably which? I think this one's my favorite! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Knitme23 | 11/28/2013

    " I love this series, and this one was just what I needed as the school year dragged to a close. While it's not the best one (Saffy's Angel still gets my vote for that), I find that any of these books make me happy and make me want to reread the rest of the list. A pleasure for sure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 11/9/2013

    " It is even clearer than in the last book that Rose is McKay's favorite character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina | 10/11/2013

    " Well, seeing I loved the first two, I reallyyy loved this one. The girl was much more relatable to me and I thought it was awesome "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonja | 6/23/2013

    " I read this in 07 I think and it was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 3/17/2013

    " Again, just brilliant. Love the Casson family. Excited to read the last one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elida Saabedra | 3/9/2013

    " it was super boring read it if you like boring bookks :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Riki | 1/27/2013

    " Really intersting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/7/2013

    " There's an apparent loss of Tom, Rose and Indigo's very good friend. He's gone back to New York and left no contact information. And hunts for her father, whose identity is revealed towards the end of the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chili | 10/4/2012

    " I thought that this book was impressionable and the characters were lovable. McKay does an excellent job of maintaining consistency and her writing is unique and elaborate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Green303 | 7/13/2012

    " Great book, but I suggest you read "Saffy's Angel" and "Indigo's Star" first. "

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About the Author

Hilary McKay was born in Boston, Lincolnshire. Her first book, The Exiles, about an unusual family called the Conroys, was published in 1991 and went on to win the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. The sequel, The Exiles at Home, won the Smarties Prize, and a third volume, The Exiles in Love, was also acclaimed.

About the Narrator

Sophie Aldred is an English actress and television presenter best known for her role as Ace in the popular BBC television series Doctor Who during the late 1980s.