Sunday, May 10, 2009

Indigo's Star

Indigo's Star Indigo's Star by Hilary McKay

Book 50 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge

Awards: BCCB Blue Ribbon Book; SLJ Best Book; Horn Book Fanfare; ALA Notable/Best Books

rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is the second book in the Casson family series (the first being Saffy's Angel). This family is so delightfully quirky I just can't help but be in love with them.

This book focuses on Indigo, the only boy in the family. He is 12 years old and is being bullied at school. That all changes when an American boy named Tom moves in and the rabble decide to bully him instead. As a result, Indigo and Tom forge a bond that cannot be broken.

I loved the second half of this book. Don't get me wrong, the first half was great. But the second half made me laugh and cry with its wonderfulness. From ditzy Caddy who is trying out boyfriends to make sure she really has the one she wants to marry, to Saffy and Sarah sticking up for their brother with righteous indignation. From Eve, the mom, still hiding out in the shed, to precious darling Rose, who just wants her dad to come home from London.

For ages 10 and up, I really can't recommend this series enough. Next up: Permanent Rose.

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bermudaonion said...

I love quirky! This book sounds delightful.

Melissa said...

*doing a happy dance* Someone else loves the Casson family books. YAY! (Don't they make you unabashedly happy?)

Ruby said...

These are my favorite books in the world! They are just so perfect from start to finish! I review them frequently and talk about them even more.