Saffy’s Angel Book Review
The author of this book is Hilary McKay and was published by Aladdin Paperbacks. The book is about 160 pages long and the setting of the most of the book is in a small town in Europe, (for the beginning of the book) then they later go to Sienna, Italy. It's rare for a book to present the true chaos of a big family (or maybe I just haven’t read enough books). This book gets the details right--the chaos and clutter, and the independence of the children, even to preparing their own meals. Granted, four children don't really make a very big family, but this book captures the idea. The four Casson children, whose mother, Eve, is a fine-arts painter, have all been given the names of paint colors. Cadmium (Caddy), is the eldest; then Saffron (Saffy); Indigo, the only boy; and Rose, the youngest. Saffy is the main character in our person versus society fiction novel. She isn’t very talkative or socially involved and she is more reserved than outgoing, for these reasons she doesn’t have very many (or any) friends. Although of course she is very close to her family, her siblings seem to be her only friends.
When Saffy discovers quite by accident that she has been adopted, she is deeply upset, though the others assure her that it makes no difference at all. Saffy is the daughter of Eve's twin sister, who lived in Siena, Italy, and died in a car crash. Grandad brought Saffy, as a very small child, back from Sienna. After her grandpa dies, he leaves something to each of the children. To Saffy, it is "her angel," although no one knows what it is. They insist that the angel isn’t real, that maybe her grandpa meant it more as a being to protect her not an actual item. Saffy insist that if everyone else got an item that her angel had to be real. She has these dreams where she is in a small garden with little trees and a stone walkway, she recalls something, then realizes what her grandpa meant. This is where her journey begins. It seems throughout...
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