A Book Series We Have Been Enjoying

Dear Reader,

We get through a lot of audio books in the car. Our library is pretty good about buying more but it can still be hard to find anything we haven’t heard that looks good. Of course, I can request books from other libraries but I need to know what I want first to do this. Recently, we stumbled across a series which we have all been enjoying immensely. The first book is Saffie’s Angel and the series is by Hilary McKay. The stories are about a wacky British family with four kids (all elements we love in a book–wacky, British and 4 kids !!). One, Saffron or Saffie for short, is actually a cousin who has been adopted when her mom died. This first book was about her seeking to find her place. That sounds series but really it is a fun book. The mom and dad are artists and do not seem to really live together though this becomes more apparent only in later books. The parents are pretty hands off and are not really what one would call good parents. But this allows the children to have their various adventures. I find some such plot device occurs in a lot of our favorite books. It is not something I would emulate but it makes for a good story.

There are a number of sequels. We have listened to Indigo’s Star and Permanent Rose. I would add a word of caution about the latter. In that book Saffie, the adopted niece, goes looking for her biological father only to find it is her adopted father, meaning that he had an affair with his wife’s twin sister. My kids didn’t ask me any questions about that plot twist. I suspect the older two got what it meant and it just went over the heads of the younger two. The other series that these books most reminded me of is The Penderwicks. If you liked those books, I think you will like these.



2 responses to this post.

  1. […] its sequels by Hilary McKay. But beware of some adult themes in the third book, Permanent Rose. See this post for more […]


  2. […] Angel and sequels by McKay. See this post for  a cautionary […]


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