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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 Saffy's Angel won the Whitbread. 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.
Gr 5-8-In this fourth installment featuring the Casson family, McKay's strong points shine through. Though it takes much of the book to get there, the climactic event is the (attempted) marriage of oldest sister, Caddy, to someone other than Darling Michael. The youngest sibling, Rose, has promised Michael not to let his true love marry anyone else in his absence. Luckily, Rose's teacher has informed her that there is a point in the ceremony where the "umpire" says: "Anyone got any problems before I go ahead?" McKay's brilliance is in her characterization. As the narrative viewpoint shifts, each character is unique, charming, and entirely likable. The depth of the story is conveyed in the dynamic of this family that is at times both touching and hilarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem. It does not stand alone, however, as previous knowledge of the characters and the story line is required.-Rebecca Stine, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.' -- Kate Agnew, The Guardian 'just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.' -- The Good Book Guide 'it's wonderful to have more stories about the engaging and uncommon Casson family!' -- Parents Express '... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.' -- The Horn Book Magazine '... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.' -- Booklist '... laced with warmth, humor and adventures' -- Kirkus '... touching and hiarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.' -- School Library Journal 'Quirky and endearing' -- Palo Alto Weekly 'McKay has a genius for domestic comedy.' -- The Sunday Times 'Hilary McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply.' -- The Guardian 'More entrancing stories about the quirky Casson family from a well-regarded novelist.' -- Carousel Eccentric, likable and entirely credible, their domestic exchanges reflect Hilary McKay's exceptional ear for dialogue. -- The Times 20061126 A charming story ... McKay writes with such art. -- The Independent 20061208 'Warm and witty' -- FT magazine 20061208
Caddy Ever After Hilary McKay. Aladdin, $5.99 ISBN 9781-4169-0931-6. In this fourth outing starring the four Casson siblings, "even the things that the Cassons might deem wrong with their lives make for a narrative that is just right," wrote PW. Ages 9-13. (Dec.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.