Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay+
Saffy or Saffron is eight years old, and she just learned how to read. She is looking at the color chart and sees no Saffron. Caddy, her big sisters, name is there, Cadmium Gold. Indigo, her brother, his name is there and even the new baby Rose’s name is there as well. She is mad because her name is not there. Then she learns that she is adopted. And her real mother died in a car crash. When her granddad dies, she learns that he left her an angel in his will. The rest of the story tells how her and her friend go to Italy to look for it.
Bottom line: I love this whole series that consists of Forever Rose, Saffy’s Angel, Indigos Star, Caddy Ever After, and Permanent Rose. I think about 2nd, 3rd, and higher would love it.
Forever Rose, by Hilary McKay+
Forever Rose is about an 11 year old girl who lives in England, so her ideas and words and such are different than American. She finds that on most days, she ends up alone in her house. She has three older siblings, but they all have either moved away or are out doing something most of the time. Her father and mother it seems are divorced but you never really find out in this book. Her mother is pretty much always in the garden shed painting. Rose, in the book, is in class six. Which I figured must be like 6th grade; they just use class not grade. She is home alone as usual when she hears a knock on the door and hides behind the couch. Her brother’s friend, David, stops by and he becomes a bit of a problem. Also her friend Molly comes up with a crazy idea that she sadly goes along with. But everything works out in the end.
Bottom line: It’s a great book. I finished it and read it over again, it was so good. I think end of 5th,6th, and early 7th grade are good times to read it. I think people of all ages will like it, but I just think those ages will like it best.
(Thank you to Dr. Nancy Brashear for giving me this book as a gift.)