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Caddy's World ❰Reading❯ ➼ Caddy's World Author Hilary McKay – Thomashillier.co.uk Hilary McKay revisits the Casson family, but this time with a difference Go back in time Caddy is , grappling with school, best friends, first boyfriends, younger siblings and the unexpected arrival o Hilary McKay revisits the Casson family, but this time with a difference Go back in time Caddy is , grappling with school, best friends, first boyfriends, younger siblings and the unexpected arrival of one baby Permanent Rose who has arrived 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.


10 thoughts on “Caddy's World

  1. Jacob Proffitt Jacob Proffitt says:

    This is a prequel, and structured as such meaning I think it d be best to read the rest of the series before this one though that s a soft recommendation as it d stand well enough on its own.Caddy has been kind of a flighty, ethereal presence in the other books and it has been hard to feel attached to her as a result So it is quite the achievement that with this book, I actually came to like her, and to understand her asthan just a fickle airhead It does so by filling in the gaps and This is a prequel, and structured as such meaning I think it d be best to read the rest of the series before this one though that s a soft recommendation as it d stand well enough on its own.Caddy has been kind of a flighty, ethereal presence in the other books and it has been hard to feel attached to her as a result So it is quite the achievement that with this book, I actually came to like her, and to understand her asthan just a fickle airhead It does so by filling in the gaps and giving us a glimpse into a very formative few months for her when Rose is born so fragile and impermanent Indeed, evenimpressive is that McKay managed this one without Rose as the leavening viewpoint character she has been in the other novels having just been born and all.Caddy s world is shuffled quite thoroughly in these months as her friends who have been inseparable since they started grade school begin finding their separate paths The image Caddy has of that time is of the world being spun on the finger of a genie and it s an apt metaphor Twelve is a tumultuous age as people begin getting a glimpse of who they can or want to be and when your friends are so different, the cracks will inevitably begin to show This is very upsetting for Caddy and she has to draw on all her resources to weather the storm her world has become.Like some of the other books, this one explores the search for stability in the midst of chaos and of building a foundation and shelter for those who need it It also explores the necessity and benefits of change and accommodation and the ultimate disruption of stagnation McKay has a light touch for such serious topics, though, and remains entertaining with just a touch of domestic horror , throughout.I felt a little bit that inventing a posse of three friends that were inseparable even though this is the first we ve heard of them was a bit of a cheat, though While the events of the book explain, somewhat, why that we haven t heard of them i.e why they might have gone their separate ways with a little hand waving for why we haven t heard of them before it doesn t stand up well to scrutiny It is, after all, a prequel, though, so some liberties should be expected.In all, I liked the book, though the four stars is a bit on the generous side It was fun to revisit the Cassons and young Indy and Saffy are a hoot Plus, it s a relief to have an excuse to finally like Caddy


  2. Stephanie Stephanie says:

    This book is just GORGEOUS It s a prequel to her Casson Family series a series that I loved SO much, it s one of the major reasons I started writing MG fiction myself in the first place , and I adored every moment of it It s full of wonderful characters, humor, complexity, and so much heart I cried at the end, in the best possible way, and I finished it feeling so inspired as a writer.


  3. Melissa McShane Melissa McShane says:

    I love prequels I love the self consciousness of them, how they play with reader knowledge and expectations I didn t expect to like this one so much, and honestly, in itself it was really only a four It was McKay s brilliant handling of this as a prequel to the Casson novels that bumped it to a five, that and how she made me finally like Caddy.I ve never cared for Caddy She s sort of airheaded, in some ways like her mother Eve, but unlike Eve, I get the sense that Caddy is doing it on purpos I love prequels I love the self consciousness of them, how they play with reader knowledge and expectations I didn t expect to like this one so much, and honestly, in itself it was really only a four It was McKay s brilliant handling of this as a prequel to the Casson novels that bumped it to a five, that and how she made me finally like Caddy.I ve never cared for Caddy She s sort of airheaded, in some ways like her mother Eve, but unlike Eve, I get the sense that Caddy is doing it on purpose Caddy Ever After didn t do anything to change my impression, but then, how could it, since Caddy was practically Sir Not Appearing In This Book Caddy s World is set six years before Saffy s Angel, the year that Rose is born and Caddy is twelve It was strange to see Caddy, who previously seemed so free of connections, to be part of a tightly knit gaggle of girls who ve been friends since they were four and five Unlike the other girls, who all have their own identities i.e Alison who hates everyone Caddy s title bravest of the brave is in Caddy s mind an honorary title, since she isn t brave about anything but spiders, which to her aren t scary at all.Caddy s braveness becomes evident, though, as she turns out to be the one who has to face reality for everyone else Whether it s being the first of the friends to admit that their lives are changing, or telling her friends that they ve all been dumped by their communal boyfriend, or facing the fact that her new baby sister may not survive, Caddy s bravery is something that s only obvious to everyone but herself The most interesting example of this is when Caddy risks her own life to pull her friend Ruby out of the path of a speeding truck, because the true act of bravery is that she immediately pushes Ruby into the path of a metaphorical truck Ruby s avoided throughout the book, namely Ruby s admission to an elite school that will take her away from her friends Caddythan once risks her friends hating her when she makes them face up to the fears they ve been avoiding, and that s real bravery.I loved Caddy s friends, too they re all different and all seem so very twelve years old Beth s obsession with her size and consequent descent into anorexia and bulimia seem particularly well characterized There s never a sense of this becoming a problem novel, because Beth s mental state makes all her choices seem obvious, if wrong Ruby s decision to fail rather than be accepted to her elite school something it s clear she would like if she didn t have to leave her friends behind also makes a certain twelve year old sense, but what s beautiful is the hints that all the adults in her life understand perfectly what she s doing and are willing to give her space to work out her problems And Alison, she of the brilliant hair and exotic makeup, has a wonderful internal life that even her friends don t suspect.Which leads me to another thing I love about this book and about the Casson stories in general adults are not bumbling idiots, but just grown up versions of the children who are the protagonists Alison s greatest rebellion is met by the head of school telling her outright that she knows the real Alison is the opposite of the Alison who dyes her hair magenta, that illusory Alison, and Alison is stunned to realize it s true She s evenstunned when the head, rather than ordering her home until she s dyed it a normal color, just tells her to tie it back and keep it out of the way How much better a reaction than yelling and tears, and again, perfectly believable.Finally, I think it s amazing that even though this is a prequel and we know that Permanent Rose comes through just fine, Caddy s tension and fear about the fate of the firework baby, lying there in the hospital pierced with tubes, feels very real And Rose s final line, in the epilogue that happens six years later, makes for a perfect ending


  4. Beth Beth says:

    I ve always liked Caddy most, and so I was expecting to like this book which I did and yet it also left me a bit disappointed Mostly because the epilogue was entirely too on the nose.Partly, though, it s because the book ended before the big separation it had been teasing though in fairness, Caddy s World did make it clear the girls were finally ready to deal with the separation Still, I d have liked a littleclosure with Ruby and the academy, and with Beth and her mom It did feel I ve always liked Caddy most, and so I was expecting to like this book which I did and yet it also left me a bit disappointed Mostly because the epilogue was entirely too on the nose.Partly, though, it s because the book ended before the big separation it had been teasing though in fairness, Caddy s World did make it clear the girls were finally ready to deal with the separation Still, I d have liked a littleclosure with Ruby and the academy, and with Beth and her mom It did feel like the epilogue was a convenience, a way of avoiding that closure Let s tease Michael instead No thanks One thing that surprised me I really liked the adults in this book Not Bill, and Eve wasn t around much, but the teachers And the Head They had about three pages between them, but they were three important pages Alison telling the Head that her hair wasn t pink, but actually every color but and then the Head s response absolutely the best part of the book.And Alison and Ruby and Beth were all really, really great characters, and I really like how Hilary McKay tells you things from their perspectives Mars Bars make Beth sick and then lets the reader figure out what that really means.Very well done, up until the end


  5. Emily Emily says:

    Hilary McKay makes reading about somebody else s messy, chaotic household full of children seem delightful For one, Ms McKay s writing seems effortless, so the adventures that unfold are sheer pleasure And two, the children in the Casson family are so independently fun, that I adore this series.Thirdly, there is one scene that is so affirming, that I even had to share it with my husbandabout when Bill Casson is an entire hour late out the door to visit his wife and new baby in the hospital Hilary McKay makes reading about somebody else s messy, chaotic household full of children seem delightful For one, Ms McKay s writing seems effortless, so the adventures that unfold are sheer pleasure And two, the children in the Casson family are so independently fun, that I adore this series.Thirdly, there is one scene that is so affirming, that I even had to share it with my husbandabout when Bill Casson is an entire hour late out the door to visit his wife and new baby in the hospital Because he was busy coaxing his kids to use the bathroom, hunt down matching socks and shoes, brush their hair, and sit tight in the car while he ran back into the house to make sandwiches naturally because the children had insisted children get hungry that they were starving and absolutely could not leave until they d had a snack first And then while Bill s making the sandwiches the kids begin honking wildly and start the car As a character says in the movie Shadowlands, We read to know we re not alone This book does just that makes a tired, bedraggled parent realize that every parent with several children is going through the same exhausting predicament that of bringing little toilet splashing toddlers from infancy to A.P test taking young adulthood Overall, a very satisfying series Up until Permanent Rose, for me, that is In that book, the girls grow up a bit too much for my liking I couldn t finish that one Maybe because I m in denial that my own little children will ever become teens


  6. Sara Sara says:

    I will review this book the same way I reviewed Forever Rose.I remember when I was younger and Caddy and I would meet up to talk I was several years younger than her, but we were still great friends as cousins go She would tell me about all of her friends Beth and Alison and Ruby Beth was the one with the pony, Alison the one who lived next door, and Ruby was the clever one She was going through a hard time, Saffy had only recently joined the family and Indigo was a little younger than her I will review this book the same way I reviewed Forever Rose.I remember when I was younger and Caddy and I would meet up to talk I was several years younger than her, but we were still great friends as cousins go She would tell me about all of her friends Beth and Alison and Ruby Beth was the one with the pony, Alison the one who lived next door, and Ruby was the clever one She was going through a hard time, Saffy had only recently joined the family and Indigo was a little younger than her Rose had just been born, and wasn t expected to live very long So with Alison moving out and Ruby moving school on top of all that, she had a lot to talk about Beth had weird stuff going on too, but she mostly kept that to herself Of course, as it always does with the Cassions, everything came out ok in the end Even though she couldn t change anything that happened, she manages to deal with it My biggest memory was of Lost Property the bird I helped her look after him


  7. Gabrielle Schwabauer Gabrielle Schwabauer says:

    I like to read about the Cassons when I m sad or anxious It s like receiving a long, comfortable hug from someone in a very soft sweater.I remember being skeptical of this book when it was first released, since it isof a prequel to the others But I adore seeing the Cassons so many years earlier, the way each person acts authentically younger, less self conscious, less set in stone, and yet the seeds of each future personality are already poking up through the dirt McKay is a genius and I like to read about the Cassons when I m sad or anxious It s like receiving a long, comfortable hug from someone in a very soft sweater.I remember being skeptical of this book when it was first released, since it isof a prequel to the others But I adore seeing the Cassons so many years earlier, the way each person acts authentically younger, less self conscious, less set in stone, and yet the seeds of each future personality are already poking up through the dirt McKay is a genius and I will probably read these books until I die I ve actually read this four times, but sorry, Goodreads, I have no idea when


  8. Chris Chris says:

    Hilarious and moving as always I nearly blubbed every time Beth s outgrown pony was mentioned, and the birth of unnamed, very premature Rose tied me up in knots even though I knew perfectly well how it turned out Tiny Saffy and Indigo are brilliant.There s a bit of a peculiar thing where it s set in 1996, five years before Saffy s Angel, but the cultural referents Lemony Snicket, grandparents who use Photoshop are from 2011 Is this a thing in kids books I found it jarring, a bit like rea Hilarious and moving as always I nearly blubbed every time Beth s outgrown pony was mentioned, and the birth of unnamed, very premature Rose tied me up in knots even though I knew perfectly well how it turned out Tiny Saffy and Indigo are brilliant.There s a bit of a peculiar thing where it s set in 1996, five years before Saffy s Angel, but the cultural referents Lemony Snicket, grandparents who use Photoshop are from 2011 Is this a thing in kids books I found it jarring, a bit like reading Jill books in recent reprints with prices recalculated for decimal currency and inflation


  9. Melanie Melanie says:

    Kind of Anastasia Krupnik meets Betsy Tacy and Tib, only in contemporary ish England Lovely.


  10. Misti Misti says:

    Before Darling Michael, before the hamsters, even before Permanent Rose, there were four friends Alison, who hates everyone Ruby, the clever one Beth, who is perfect and Cadmium Gold Casson, bravest of the brave You four will be friends, their first primary school teacher instructedand so they were But now, during Caddy s twelfth summer, her beautiful, unchanging friendship seems to be coming apart Alison s parents are threatening to sell their house and move their family to Ta Before Darling Michael, before the hamsters, even before Permanent Rose, there were four friends Alison, who hates everyone Ruby, the clever one Beth, who is perfect and Cadmium Gold Casson, bravest of the brave You four will be friends, their first primary school teacher instructedand so they were But now, during Caddy s twelfth summer, her beautiful, unchanging friendship seems to be coming apart Alison s parents are threatening to sell their house and move their family to Tasmania Ruby has been offered the chance at a scholarship to a private school Beth is growing too big for her beloved pony, and Caddy s family is in evenof an uproar than usual because Eve is at the hospital with the new baby, which seems so small that Caddy can t see how it could possibly survive Will the four friends be torn apart by circumstances, or can they make it through together I love the Cassons, and Caddy has always been the most distant one, since she is nearly grown up in the other books It s lovely to get to know her better here I don t know if there will bebooks in the series Caddy and Rose have had two books each I think Saffy and Indigo needbooks now , but the epilogue in Caddy s World made me want to pick up Saffy s Angel again and reread the rest of the series


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