Author(s): Hilary McKay
After Saffron Casson discovers that she's adopted, life is never quite the same again. Her artistic parents and doting siblings adore her, but Saffy wants a piece of her past. So when her grandfather bequests a stone angel to her, Saffy knows she has to find it. Realising that her childhood in Siena holds the key, she secretly stows away on a car trip to Siena, with her new friend, Sarah. Meanwhile, the rest of her family are engaged in their own wacky projects. Caddy, a hopeless student, is studying for her A Levels and desperately trying to pass her driving test. Indigo, the sole boy of the Casson family, is determined to rid himself of this fear of heights. And the youngest, Rose, a budding artist, has a knack for baiting her pompous dad, with entertaining results . . .
Winner of Whitbread Book Awards: Children's Book Category 2002 and Whitbread Children's Book of the Year 2002.
'Quirky and curious ... unforgettable. The central characters are strong, lovable - and unique.' -- Nic Knight, THE BOOKSELLER 'A real feel-good novel, McKay treats us once again to one of her brilliantly characterised families. This is a really lovely book.' -- THE BOOKSELLER 'A funny, exuberant story.' -- CAROUSEL ' ...tale that is both funny and touching.' -- The Guardian 20011128 'Hilary McKay excels in conveying the anarchic bedlam of family life ...deserves to be placed alongside such classics as Little Women and The Railway Children.' -- TES Primary 20011201 'Saffy's Angel is a delight from start to finish ... a great feel-good book with characters you want to stay with for ever. Warm, beautifully crafted and always original, it's pure fun - a book to recommend without hesitation.' -- Whitbread Judges, as reported in Daily Mail 20030310
Hilary McKay won the Guardian Children's Award with her first novel, The Exiles. Her subsequent work has achieved similar recognition - The Exiles at Home won the Smarties Prize and the Dog Friday trilogy was critically acclaimed. A graduate of Botany and Zoology from St Andrews University, Hilary now writes full-time. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two children.