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Product description

The four children in the Casson family are all named after colours: Cadmium Gold (Caddy), Indigo Blue (Indigo), Permanent Rose… and Saffy. Hot-tempered, smart Saffy is also named after a colour, Saffron Yellow, but she can’t find hers on the colour chart. Why not? The answer comes as a bolt from the blue: Saffy is adopted. As Saffron tries to come to terms with the shocking news, her grandfather dies and leaves her a stone angel. But where is it?

While Saffy and her new friend Sarah head off to Italy in a quest to find the angel, her brother and sisters at home are also hunting for the truth. But what they finally unearth is a family secret that will shake them all to the core. Warm, wise, moving, unexpected and totally original, their story will leave your heart in your mouth.

Winner of the Whitbread Award.

“Quirky and curious … unforgettable. The central characters are strong, lovable – and unique.” The Bookseller

Product Details






Hodder Children's Books

Date published

June 13th, 2002

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.5; Middle years; 6.0 points

Other details

  • 224 pages



UK edition


Hilary McKay

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  1. icecode6
    on 31 August 2012

    an awsome but sad story of saffrons jorny to find her angel!

    5out of 5
  2. flossy1998
    on 26 February 2012

    This book is hilarous, I have never read books by Hilary Mckay hence why I decided to experiment and her books are great! I can’t wait to read ‘Indigo Star’

    5out of 5
  3. chocoholic170
    on 12 November 2010

    this bok is about a 13 year old girl called saffy who is in search for a tone angel left for by her grandfather.An amazing book!

    5out of 5