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...
one of my absolute favorites.
This book is full of color and laughs. The best young adult book I've read in quite a while.
I love this book i couldnt put it down
A quite unbelievably eccentric English family, where every member is an artist and the four children are named for colors: Cadmium, Saffron, Indigo and Rose. Not sure if this is meant for children, teenagers or adults. Best to take it tongue-in-cheek.
ISBN 0807208248 - Before I picked up this book, I'd read a review, someplace, that referred to the book as "British comedy". Since it's a childrens' book, that made me curious. I've never read - or listened to - a childrens' British comedy. And I still haven't. This is nothing even remotely like a British comedy, unless you're going to count Julia Sawahla's accent.
Saffy's parents are both artists. Her father maintains a studio in town, while her mother paints at home. Her father is prententious and, apparently, untalented, while her mother is subtle and skilled. This only comes to light slowly, as does everything else in the story. Saffy's siblings are... colorful. Literally. Indigo, Cadmium and Rose have all been named for colors on the color chart; knowing this is why Saffy - Saffron - is so bothered to discover that her name is not on the chart at all. Eventually, her parents tell her that she is actually the daughter of her mother's sister, who died in Italy when Saffy was a baby. Saffy feels as if she's lost her family and sometimes, to guard against their rejection, she rejects them first. A minor collision brings Sarah, a wheelchair-bound neighbor, into Saffy's life just when she needs a friend. When the childrens' grandfather dies, Saffy's father ridicules his will. He hadn't owned anything and couldn't leave the children anything! Still Saffy is certain that his note about "Saffy's angel" is real, and her angel is out there. All she has to do is find her.
Sawahla's reading, and her accent (I know, that's so American to say), is probably what made this book for me. The greatest negative in the story are the parents, quite possibly the worst - and most oblivious - parents in the history of the world. The kids, however, all make up for it. This is a nice story about what really makes a family, for ages 8 and up.
I haven't read this book before, it never really captured my interest and I'm just clearing out my book shelf... hope you like it!