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****Indigo's Star

by Hilary McKay

Reviewed October 1, 2004.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York, 2004.  272 pages.
A 2004 Horn Book Fanfare selection.
Available at Sembach Library (J MCN F MCK).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #4, Children's Contemporary Novels

Indigo’s Star is the sequel to the wonderful book, Saffy’s Angel.  I was lucky enough to find this book in a British bookstore in Amsterdam last spring.  I’m posting my review now that the book is also available in America.

As in all of Hilary McKay’s books, we have a delightfully chaotic family, but one that’s warm with love.

Indigo isn’t looking forward to going back to school after a long illness.  There’s a gang of bullies, and he knows that he will be their target.  But this year, there’s an American kid named Tom that the gang decides to pick on instead.  Tom likes to bounce rubber balls and climb very high places and play the guitar.  When Indigo’s little sister Rose decides to be friends with Tom, pretty soon he’s friends with the whole crazy family.

Hilary McKay’s books are heart-warming and delightful.  I highly recommend spending time with the Casson family, where each child is named after a color on the color wheel.  There’s no better way to cure the blues.

Reviews of other books by Hilary McKay:
Caddy's World
Saffy's Angel
Permanent Rose
Caddy Ever After
Forever Rose

The Exiles
The Exiles at Home
The Exiles in Love
Lulu and the Duck in the Park
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea
Lulu and the Cat in the Bag
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door

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