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Hilary McKay

Author of Saffy's Angel

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Works by Hilary McKay

Saffy's Angel (2001) 1,042 copies
Indigo's Star (2003) 631 copies
Permanent Rose (2005) 407 copies
Caddy Ever After (2006) 314 copies
Forever Rose (2007) 294 copies
The Exiles (1991) 230 copies
Wishing for Tomorrow (2010) 194 copies
The Skylarks' War (2018) 181 copies
Dog Friday (1994) 169 copies
The Time of Green Magic (2019) 147 copies
The Exiles at Home (1993) 141 copies
Caddy's World (2011) 124 copies
The Exiles In Love (1996) 124 copies
Lulu and the Cat in the Bag (2011) 115 copies
Dolphin Luck (1998) 115 copies
The Amber Cat (1995) 108 copies
Binny for Short (2013) 107 copies
There's a Dragon Downstairs (2003) 58 copies
The Swallows' Flight (2021) 57 copies
Binny in Secret (2015) 38 copies
Binny Bewitched (2016) 38 copies
Swop! (2006) 27 copies
The Flying Feeling (1676) 25 copies
Was That Christmas? (2001) 24 copies
Charlie and the Cat-flap (2007) 23 copies
Dragon! (1609) 18 copies
Charlie and the Big Snow (2007) 17 copies
Pirates Ahoy! (1999) 15 copies
Charlie and the Rocket Boy (2008) 14 copies
Amazing! (Gr8reads) (2008) 13 copies
Charlie and the Tooth Fairy (2009) 11 copies
Happy and Glorious (1996) 11 copies
Beetle and the Big Tree (2002) 9 copies
Where's Bear? (1998) 9 copies
The Story of Bear (2007) 9 copies
Hello Charlie (2009) 9 copies
Jodie (2023) 7 copies
Oliver (Collins Big Cat) (2012) 7 copies
Tilly and the Dragon (2014) 7 copies
The Sticky Witch (2010) 7 copies
La guerra delle farfalle (2021) 6 copies
Practically Perfect (1996) 6 copies
Lulu Boxed Set #1-6 (2016) 4 copies
Strange Bear (1998) 3 copies
Le ‰sorelle Conroy (2003) 1 copy
Rosa by Starlight (2024) 1 copy
Gatto Nero 1 copy

Associated Works

Ballet Shoes for Anna (1972) — Foreword, some editions — 275 copies
Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy (2009) — Contributor — 71 copies


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Jodie has never fitted in because she barely speaks to anyone ( selective mutism?) at her school. She is convinced to go on a school camp by her beloved teacher but the teacher pulls out at the last minute and Jodie is left floundering not knowing how to make friends with the other girls in her cabin she overhears talking about her. She goes on long walks by herself in the salt marshes despite being told not to, and keeps hearing the sound of a dog barking. This sound appears to be coming from the wreck of a submerged truck that only she and a strange old woman can see. She decides to investigate at low tide and finds a dog collar tied to the truck body. But then she gets stuck in the mud.....Who will rescue her when she has no friends?… (more)
nicsreads | Mar 27, 2024 |
So smart and funny and kind.
localgayangel | 15 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
So extraordinarily layered and lovely.
localgayangel | 19 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |
Probably my 50th read in my life, but my first in quite a few years, though it's been living quietly on my bookshelf all the while because I couldn't bear to get rid of it. This series was really formative for me, right up there with His Dark Materials and Harriet the Spy and Harry Potter (though the last has obviously aged somewhat worse). In part, because it reflected certain parts of my life with an incredible closeness--I grew up in a house much messier and more full of the detritus of years than any of my friends', with a harried mother who did and does call everyone "darling", all of us often foraging in cupboards (unlike the Cassons, my dad was the primary forager and my mother the person who would think to buy a big can of baked beans for emergencies), full of spiders my father wouldn't let us kill and his various researches into macaque brains. I also was a sensitive, artsy kid who was worse at school than I was "supposed" to be, and I felt deeply seen by almost all the Cassons in turn. Obviously, this is a review that is as far from objective as it's possible to be, but I genuinely found it delightful and surprisingly nuanced this past reread. The plot is excellent constructed in a way that looks like chaos up until the end that you realize has been carefully built to this whole time, and all the members of the family feel fully realized and multidimensional.… (more)
localgayangel | 22 other reviews | Mar 5, 2024 |



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