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Casson Family: Permanent Rose [Hardcover]

Hilary Mckay
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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17 Feb 2005 Casson Family (Book 2)
It's a long hot summer - to Permanent Rose it seems never ending. Rose misses Tom, Indigo's friend who went back to America. New friend David is not a good enough replacement. Caddy's fiancee, Michael, tries to cheer her up by delivering a rose every day, but that just provides temporary relief. What with Daddy leaving her mother Eve for younger model Samantha, Caddy getting cold feet and adoptive sister Saffron deciding to find her real father, no one seems to have time to come to Rose's rescue. But Rose is determined, and in her heart of hearts is sure she will find Tom again - but what else will she find on the way?

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; second printing edition (17 Feb 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340882425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340882429
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As funny and compelling as her Whitbread-winning Saffy's Angel ... the unpatronising, open, thought-provoking ending leaves us eager for more. Definetly a book to curl up with and enjoy in one single sitting. (Lesley Agnew, The Bookseller)

A welcome new instalment in the lives of the unforgettable Casson family, ... the characters of every Casson child go on developing. This is a rich vein; let's hope Hilary McKay will soon give Permanent Rose a book of her own. (The Independent Magazine, July 2003)


'Saffy's Angel is a delight from start to finish ... a great feel-good book with characters you want to stay with for ever. Warm, beautifully crafted and always original, it's pure fun - a book to recommend without hesitation.'

Source Whitbread Judges, as reported in Daily Mail

Date 10/03/2003

(Whitbread Judges, the Daily Mail)

A funny, exuberant story. (Carousel)

A real feel-good novel, Mckay treats us once again to one of her brilliantly characterised families. This is a really lovely book. (The Bookseller)

It is a delight . . . McKay has a genius for domestic comedy. (Sunday Times)

McKay's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply. (The Guardian)


McKay has a genius for domestic comedy. Her books are also imbued with an ethos of tolerance and acceptance. This unconventional family, which was always fun to read about, and seemed laughable because it was chaotic and ill-run, has become, with our increasing knowledge of its members, a kind of model of how to make the most of life. (Culture (Sunday Times Supplement))

From the opening scene of a fat boy eating sweets until the exuberant ending, McKay's third story about the vibrant Casson family is entrancing. (The Guardian)

Rose Casson is the kind of girl we should all want to be... A great sequel to Saffy's Angel and Indigo's Star. (Family Interest Magazine)

'McKay has many strengths. She is witty without poking fun; and moral without moralising. She is subtle, too ... McKay has a clarity of style and a sophistication of approach that almost make the book as right for a nearly nine-year-old like Rose as for a 15-year-old like Saffy. And it's a joy for an adult to read too.' (Books for Keeps)

'McKay's strength lies in her ability to craft an unputdownable story from everyday happenings, and to handle serious issues and emotions with real lightness. She evokes the whole Casson family so vividly that the reader can imagine their lives going on uniterupted even after the book has been closed. Highly recommended.' (Bookfest)

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Third book following the ups and downs of the chaotic Casson family, told in Hilary McKay's inimitable light and witty humour. Indigo's best friend, Tom, has gone back to America. Rose can't understand why he isn't getting in touch and is barely able to think of anything else. Her family seem to have given up on him, but Permanent Rose knows that where there's a will there's way - especially her will ...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Casson Family well worth a visit 8 Dec 2009
This is the first one of the series I have read and think it is well written, holds your interest and is very thought provoking. I have now mentioned it to several 9 plus year olds some of whom have already enjoyed them. The family is not a traditional one but their experiences give you the opportunity to think about options and choices while enjoying a good story. Great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Had to get used to it 18 Feb 2014
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition
Wasnt really sure at first, not 100% now. Its okay... Age?
Sections from the book..
"He was not prepared for the fearsome (YET RAVISHING) sight Saffron, entireley NAKED except for flip flops and dark glasses.."
" "It was accidental oogling!" Saffron told Sarah, "He saw too much bare skin and collapsed on the hutch"
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5.0 out of 5 stars permenant rose review 8 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
i chose 5 stars everything is described and detailed with good vocabulary would definetly recommend for older readers maybe 11 and up
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