Author(s): Hilary McKay
Indigo's going back to school after a long bout of glandular fever. He's not looking forward to it, as he knows the bullies will be waiting for him. But he's determined to stand on his own two feet - so when Saffy and Sarah break up a fight in the boys' bathroom, he's furious. Until he meets Tom. Tom is over from the States for a term, staying with his gran while his family sort out their own problems back home. He loves music and joking and is unfazed by the bullies. He helps Indigo to challenge his fears, and in doing so is absorbed into the crazy Casson family and finds some answers of his own. Rose adores him and is determined to help him get the guitar he's been eyeing in the local music shop - but her attempts to help end in disaster, leaving only one way out: Daddy needs to come back from London to the home (and wife) he's been neglecting. Rose couldn't have an ulterior motive, could she?
INDIGO'S STAR: 'Another winning title from the inimitable Hilary McKay.' -- Publishing News 20030601 Hilary McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.' -- The Guardian 20030601 'as funny and compelling as her Whitbread-winning SAFFY'S ANGEL ... The unpatronising, open, thought-provoking ending leaves us eager for more. Definitely a book to curl up with and enjoy in one single sitting.' -- Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller 20030601 'Another engaging read, with McKay's trademark warmth, wit and lightness of touch.' -- The Children's Bookseller 20030601 'amusing and sharply-observed ... simple but elegant' -- Jill Murphy, The Bookbag 20030601 'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.' -- Kate Agnew, The Guardian 20030601 'just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.' -- The Good Book Guide 20030601 'it's wonderful to have more stories about the engaging and uncommon Casson family!' -- Parents Express 20030601 '... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.' -- The Horn Book Magazine 20030601 '... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.' -- Booklist 20030601 '... touching and hiarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.' -- School Library Journal 20030601 'McKay has a genius for domestic comedy.' -- The Sunday Times 20030601 'the usual mix of sharp observation and hilarity' -- Writeaway 20030601
Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's award with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved recognition - The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize, whilst Saffy's Angel, the first in the Casson Family series, won the Whitbread Award, for which the third book Permanent Rose was also shortlisted.