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Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay

Saffy's Angel (2001)

by Hilary McKay

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I really enjoyed this book and hoped to read the rest of the series in the future. In this book, Saffron, also known as Saffy, finds out she is adopted embarks on a journey to find herself and her place. It is full of humor and sibling bickering. This book touches on theme of the dynamics of a family. It can be used in the classroom to open discussions about what makes a family and the role of each person with in a family. ( )
  TiffanyA | Apr 21, 2016 |
In my opinion, Saffy’s Angel is a well-written book. This book follows the Casson family. The children are all named after paint colors, except for Saffron (Saffy), who “accidently” discovers that she was adopted. The book is a whirlwind of events that all lead up to Saffy finally starting to find who she is as a young lady and as a member of her family. The book is full of dialogue, which helps the reader build a mental image of each character and their individual personalities. An example is when the Casson children are talking about why Saffy needed to go to Italy.
“She had to go,” said Rose.
“It was because of her angel,” said Indigo.
“And because of Granddad,” added Caddy.
“And because of her nose stud.”
“And because her name isn’t on the color chart.”
“She’s lonely,” said Rose. “That’s why.”
Additionally, the book does a great job of using descriptive language. An example is when the author is describing Indigo, Saffy’s younger brother. “Indigo was a thin, dark-haired little boy with anxious indigo-colored eyes… Indigo was crouched on the hearth rug, sorting through the coal bucket… He looked like a small black devil in the shadowy room with the firelight behind him.” The book is sequential, without feeling too structured. In the beginning of the book, Saffy is eight years old and by the end of the novel, she is a teenager. The reader gets to “grow-up” with Saffy and her family and gets to see how their personalities mature and develop over the years. The characters in Saffy’ Angel are eccentric and whimsical, but constructed in a way that the reader can relate to. The characters come alive through the humorous dialogue and vivid descriptions. The big idea of this book is to introduce the reader to a young girl who is searching, striving, and yearning to find where she belongs in this world. It is an idea that many individuals can relate to, male or female and young or old.
  broger11 | Feb 15, 2016 |
What a wonderful book this is. Saffy is part of a delightfully eccentric and disorganised family, who discovers something that shocks her when she is just eight years old. A few years later she discovers that she has been left a stone angel in her grandfather's will; egged on by a new friend, she sets out to discover where it is.

The family's mother is a rather scatty artist with no sense of time; their father, a more serious artist, regularly escapes to London to get away from the chaos, leaving the children pretty much bringing themselves up.

That brief summary doesn't begin to do justice to the story, or to the four surprisingly lovable children in the family with their various quirks and different ways of relating. There's humour, there's irony, there's pathos... and all in all, a thoroughly nice book. The people are caricatured, but I wanted to believe in them.

Intended for older children, this is one of those books that can be read by any age, and would make a good read-aloud for children of about six or older. I look forward to reading the sequel.

My only faint gripe is that I managed to get hold of the American edition, which had changed some words correctly, missed others, and bizarrely had the very English family using American words like 'rotary' when they meant 'roundabout'. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
library currently only has first two - I'm not sure I'll like them - thus 'to-read' not 'wishlist'
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
I am a sucker for books about large, complicated, creative families that capture the everyday magic of life, and this totally hit my buttons. Although the main plot here is Saffy's story, about her search for identity and finding her place, I loved that we also got to meet her siblings and parents and friends. This was such a rich book in terms of both character and theme; I am impressed by just how much was packed into it, and so gracefully. And best of all, it left me feeling good and happy and inspired. I will definitely be reading more of the Casson family books! ( )
  devafagan | Jan 2, 2015 |
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When Saffron was eight, and had at last learned to read, she hunted slowly through the colour chart pinned up on the kitchen wall.
Saffy could tell by the feel of the darkness that Caddy was awake. (p. 7)
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The four Casson children, whose mother, Eve, is a fine-arts painter, have all been given the names of paint colors. Cadmium (Caddy), is the eldest; then Saffron (Saffy); Indigo, the only boy; and Rose, the youngest. When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her that it makes no difference at all. Saffy is the daughter of Eve's twin sister, who lived in Siena, Italy, and died in a car crash. Grandad brought Saffy, as a very small child, back from Siena.

At Grandad's death he leaves something to each of the children. To Saffy, it is "her angel," although no one knows its identity. How Saffy discovers what her angel is, with the help of an energetic new friend, lies at the heart of this enchanting story. Unforgettable characters come alive in often deeply humorous and always absorbing events to be treasured for a long, long time.

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After learning that she was adopted, thirteen-year-old Saffron's relationship with her eccentric, artistic family changes, until they help her go back to Italy where she was born to find a special momento of her past.

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