The Casson Family Pack

The Cassons just aren’t like other people’s families. All the kids are named after paints, for a start! There’s Caddy (Cadmium Gold), the oldest: a goddess-like beauty whose life would be perfect… if only she could pass her driving test! Next is adopted cousin Saffy (Saffron Yellow), who wants to know who her real dad is. Indigo Blue is the dreamer, strumming his guitar up on the roof. Last there’s the baby, Permanent Rose, who hates school, loves painting, and is always sucking her knees. Mum Eve is usually painting in the garden shed, and Daddy’s off in London with his new girlfriend. So, what with school bullies to beat, friends to help and family secrets to discover, it’s lucky that the Casson brothers and sisters know how to look out for one another!

Written with beautiful clarity, and guaranteed to make you laugh and cry, these light-hearted, warm, wise family stories are solid gold through and through.

“Just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.” The Good Book Guide

“We are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.” The Horn Book Magazine

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  • They are okay.

    8 March 2014

  • I love Hilary McKay’s characters- they are soooo different but sooo loveable- my favourite is Rose (I thought she was the funniestt think I have read anything better in 2 years, although the Fault in Our Stars was amazing.

    4 March 2013

  • I have read all of these books and they are all so, so good! If you haven’t read any of them, you’re missing out…

    4 March 2013

  • I loved caddy ever after, and can’t wait to read the rest. I was confused at first though, because i didn’t realise that it was a series, and parts didn’t make much sense. It helps if you buy the series i think, because then it won’t be as confusing.

    4 March 2012

  • loved it

    it is book that you could read all night. i loved it it soo cool. The story line was brill. Could not stop reading it. i would read it over and over.

    11 January 2009

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    Hilary McKay

    Hilary McKay is the award-winning author of many children’s books including the much loved Casson family series.


    Hilary’s awards include the Guardian prize for The Exiles, the Nestle Smarties prize for The Exiles at Home, and the Costa Award for Saffy’s Angel and The Skylark’s War.

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