Author(s): Hilary McKay
Go back in time ...Caddy is 12; grappling with school, best friends, first boyfriends, younger siblings and the unexpected arrival of one baby Permanent Rose who has appeared in the world a little sooner than expected. While baby Rose lies in critical condition in hospital, life goes on in the unpredictable, colourful Casson household.
Hilary McKay, the best writer of child dialogue around at the moment... Glorious novel from a true master of her craft. -- Independent 20110518 A triumph of humour, emotion and realism. -- Daily Mail 20110527 Caddy's world is saturated with colour, style and romance, with even the most mundane detail given a witty lick of polish. -- Daily Telegraph 20110709 Caddy's World excels in portraying not only the thoughts and feelings of four 12-year-old girls, but also those of the Casson parents. -- The Times 20110716 Unsentimental with soft-centred charm. -- Independent on Sunday 20110724 'Hilary McKay, the best writer of child dialogue around at the moment, has come up with another winner.' -- Nicholas Tucker, Independent 20110724 'If you haven't read these books, what on earth are you waiting for? You won't find a more endearing, eccentric, maddening and marvellously warm family in any other book, by anyone, ever.' -- The Ultimate Book Guide 20110724 REVIEWS FOR THE CASSON FAMILY:'Witty, warm and humourous ... family reading par excellence.' -- Carousel 20110724 'A crazily fantastic story with loads of mad and hilarious moments.' -- Independent on Sunday 20110724 'It does what we hope JK Rowling would do: it makes everything you wish for come true, including the unlikeliest of outcomes.' -- Sunday Times 20110724 'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.' -- Kate Agnew, The Guardian 20110724 'just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.' -- The Good Book Guide 20110724 '... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.' -- The Horn Book Magazine 20110724 '... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.' -- Booklist 20110724 '... touching and hiarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.' -- School Library Journal 20110724 'McKay has a genius for domestic comedy.' -- The Sunday Times 20110724 'Hilary McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.' -- The Guardian 20110724 'Warm, witty and wise, with unfeasibly broad appeal and proven anti-depressive properties, i would give this book to 9-year olds, teenagers and their parents.' -- Sunday Telegraph 20110724 '... hugely entertaining story effortlessly recreates a tightly knit world, imbued with a strong sense of belonging - a slice of childhood so multi-layered, touching and real that there's something for every child reader to identify with and savour. Here's a book that truly proves the joys to be had from reading.' -- Books for Keeps 20110724 Hard to think of a writer for 10-13s who writes so freshly and wisely about family and friends -- Sunday Times 20110626
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Hilary McKay grew up in a household of readers and read voraciously from an early age. After studying Botany and Zoology at St Andrews University she went on to work as a biochemist, but always had a burning desire to write. After the birth of her two children, she decided to give it a go. Hilary now lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family. When not writing Hilary loves walking, reading, having friends to stay and receiving letters from children.