Caddy's World by Hilary McKay


Caddy's World by Hilary McKay

Go back in time ...Caddy is 12; grappling with school, best friends, first boyfriends, younger siblings and the unexpected arrival of one baby Permanent Rose who has appeared in the world a little sooner than expected. While baby Rose lies in critical condition in hospital, life goes on in the unpredictable, colourful Casson household.


Hilary McKay, the best writer of child dialogue around at the moment... Glorious novel from a true master of her craft. Independent A triumph of humour, emotion and realism. Daily Mail Caddy's world is saturated with colour, style and romance, with even the most mundane detail given a witty lick of polish. Daily Telegraph Caddy's World excels in portraying not only the thoughts and feelings of four 12-year-old girls, but also those of the Casson parents. The Times Unsentimental with soft-centred charm. Independent on Sunday 'Hilary McKay, the best writer of child dialogue around at the moment, has come up with another winner.

'If you haven't read these books, what on earth are you waiting for? You won't find a more endearing, eccentric, maddening and marvellously warm family in any other book, by anyone, ever.'

'Witty, warm and humourous ... family reading par excellence.'

'A crazily fantastic story with loads of mad and hilarious moments.'

'It does what we hope JK Rowling would do: it makes everything you wish for come true, including the unlikeliest of outcomes.'

'Hilary McKay's wittily observed portrayals of family life are full of warmth, vitality and irrepressible good humour.'

'just the sort of crazy family you ache to be a part of.'

'... we are so fond of this fresh, funny, foolish, wise, real family.'

'... as wild and endearing as ever ... Another charmer for Casson fans.'

'... touching and hiarious. Beautifully crafted descriptive language makes this offering a real gem.'

's strength lies in her understanding of young people and her ability to evoke them very simply. The Guardian 'Warm, witty and wise, with unfeasibly broad appeal and proven anti-depressive properties, i would give this book to 9-year olds, teenagers and their parents.'

'... hugely entertaining story effortlessly recreates a tightly knit world, imbued with a strong sense of belonging - a slice of childhood so multi-layered, touching and real that there's something for every child reader to identify with and savour. Here's a book that truly proves the joys to be had from reading.'

-13s who writes so freshly and wisely about family and friends Sunday Times

About the Author

Hilary McKay

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 and was selected for the inaugural Booked up list. Most recently, the acclaimed Binny for Short was longlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal.. A graduate of Botany and Zoology from St Andrews University, Hilary now writes full-time. She lives in Derbyshire with her family.

You can read her character Rose Casson's blog by clicking here - and Rose's tweets on the right hand side of this page.

Q & A with Hilary Mckay

What is your earliest childhood memory?
Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I was two years
old, so that is a very early memory.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
Well, who could turn down the gift of flight? Or travel without luggage? Or a
life spent following the sun? Without doubt, I would be a swallow. I realise this
means a lifetime of eating flies, but I think it would be worth it.

What is your dream holiday destination?
I would start at the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and travel South
through Central America, along the coast to Peru, then down through Chile
across to the Falklands and on to Antarctica, which I would circumnavigate.
Then I would travel North to New Zealand where I would spend a long time
warming up and then across to Australia. I would spend quite a long time in
Sydney and go up into the Blue Mountains (I might go sapphire hunting there)
and then to the Great Barrier Reef (of course).
That would be far enough for me.

What is your morning routine?
Alas, I do not have a morning routine.

If you could have one special talent, what would it be?
Singing, undoubtedly. That would make me the happiest. But I have a friend
whose talent is languages and I envy that one very much.

Likes: Millions of things! Books, cats, honey, letters from readers (hint, hint), real music, apples, swimming in cold water, chocolate coated ginger biscuits, trees.

Dislikes: Putting things away, litter, loud TV, hot rooms, being told what to think.

3 words that best descibe me: Untidy, happy, hopeful!

A Secret that not many people know: I am a VERY slow reader!

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272 pages


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Publication date

7th February 2013



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