Caddy's World (Casson Family Prequel)

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.


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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.

General Fields

  • : 9781444905076
  • : Hachette Children's Books
  • : Hodder Children's Books
  • : December 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2013
  • : books

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  • : Hilary McKay
  • : Paperback
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