Book Review: Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay

AGE: 8-12

Saffy’s Angel, by Hilary McKay, is one of my favorite books. Its innocent yet truthful depiction of a dysfunctional family is surprisingly cheery and inviting while still telling the flaws in both human beings and in familial relationships. The Casson family is a small group consisting of Bill and Eve (the artistic and sometimes neglectful parents), Cadmium Gold (the eldest daughter), Saffron, Indigo, and Permanent Rose. After a family loss, Saffron (or Saffy, as everyone calls her) begins a search for the angel that’s meant just for her. In the process she hopes to find the validation that she is right where she belongs.