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Hilary McKay has a brilliant ear for family dialogue as well as a shrewd understanding of the passions of adolescence and a wickedly sure touch about the complex ins and outs of sibling relationships. Permanent Rose is one of the large Casson family whose lives have been described in previous stories. When Indigo’s friend Tom goes back to the US, Permanent Rose is left moping for him and longing for his return. But, will he come back? All the rest of the family have worries of their own which make them too busy to care but Permanent Rose is on a mission and she won’t give up lightly.
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Rose is eight, much the youngest of four siblings. Her father has taken himself off to London with a new girlfriend to paint "real pictures". Her vague and hippyish mother is away all day painting murals in the local hospital, but sometimes remembers to ask "Is anyone looking after Rose?" No one much is. Caddie, the eldest, is busy worrying about whether or not to marry her fiancé; her brother, Indigo, plays his guitar and reads passages from the Morte d'Arthur to Rose; and her adopted sister, Saffy, who seems about 15, is preoccupied with her disabled friend, Sarah. Rose, who appears to have no friends of her own age, wanders about shop-lifting, drawing tattoos on herself, and missing Indigo's friend Tom, who has gone back to America and hasn't been in touch since.
|Publication date:||3rd September 2009|
|Publisher:||Hachette Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
Hilary McKay won the Costa Children's Book Award for The Skylarks' War, the Guardian Fiction Prize for The Exiles, and the Smarties and the Whitbread Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel respectively. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. 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 McKayWhat is your earliest childhood memory?Watching steam trains with my grandfather. He died before I ...More About Hilary McKay
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