What’s new in the Casson family? Well, Indigo is finally better after being sick for a long time, so he has to go back to school and face the bullies. Fortunately he meets a new friend, an American boy called Tom, who plays the guitar, loves climbing on top of buildings and refuses to speak about his new family. Rose, the youngest in the Casson family, refuses to wear glasses and she simply adores Indigo’s new friend (though she tries to deny it). Saffy and her friend Sarah want to protect Indigo from the bullies but it’s not really working. And sweet Caddy is dating pretty much every boy available while still talking to her dear Michael. Bill is obviously in London and darling Eve almost never leaves her beloved garden shed.
The second part of the charming Casson family series takes us further as we get to know more about Indigo, the only boy in the family. The writing style continues to be effortless and humorous with sentences that contain a story worthy of an epic adventure. This book is even better than the first one and I highly recommend it to everyone who enjoys reading children’s literature and YA novels. It has a feel good quality to it even though it contains some serious life lessons.
While the book concentrates mainly on Indigo, we also get to see more about Rose. She writes letters to her father in order to make him come home but although she tries to make them as alarming and shocking as possible, the effect is quite different and Bill just laughs at them. We don’t get to see much of Saffy, Sarah and Caddy; they are always there but sort of in the background. Caddy doesn’t want to admit that she is in love with Michael and instead has hundreds of boyfriends (one of whom then falls for Eve) and I really missed reading about her. The focus is on Indigo and his new friend Tom, who are both my favourites in this series.
Every time I read a Casson novel I wish I had a family like that. They are so unique but they always stick together and help each other out. You are never alone if you are a Casson kid. Their house is full of joy and happiness and laughter and life. Sure, there is also sorrow and pain but it’s easier to overcome those feelings as a family. That is why I know I will never stop rereading this series even when I will be old and grey and quite possibly a bit mad.
Rose had the sort of eyes that manage perfectly well with things close by, but entirely blur out things far away. Because of this even the brightest stars had only appeared as silvery smudges in the darkness. In all her life, Rose had never properly seen a star.
Tonight there was a sky full.
Rose looked up, and it was like walking into a dark room and someone switching on the universe.
Hilary Mckay, Indigo’s star