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Rose is lonely, and sick of coming home each day to a dark, empty house. Saffy’s off with Sarah, Indigo has his paper round, Eve’s in quarantine in the shed, and who knows where Caddy is since she disappeared with Michael’s postcards! The only one around is David, and Rose would rather be alone than with him! She needs to find a way to make life feel like fun again. And a girl as fierce and brave as Rose WILL get what she wants… won’t she?

”... (this) 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.” Books for Keeps

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

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.4; Middle years; 8.0 points

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  • 288 pages




Hilary McKay

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What kids think

  1. heart29
    on 6 March 2014

    Such a great book! every page was full of epicness

    5out of 5
  2. A4WideRuledRefillPad
    on 4 March 2013

    I love these books, Rose is defiantly my favourite character but they are all so loveable. If you stick with these books you won’t regret it.

  3. stupendousteen
    on 4 March 2013

    charming and funny. the Casson family are so unpredictable

    5out of 5
  4. littledarling
    on 1 August 2011

    Hilary Mckay also has a sequel called ‘The Exiles’. There are three books in the series, The Exiles, The Exiles in Love, and The Exiles at home. They are about four sister who have lots of adventures! I thoroughly recommend these books to anyone who has read any of the Casson Family Stories and enjoyed them! They are written in the third person.

  5. Megz12132
    on 11 July 2009

    I adore this book! I love the days in Rose’s style. I have read all of the Casson family books, and they are brilliant. This is my 2nd favourite Hillary McKay book.

    5out of 5
  6. snoopyoyo
    on 18 January 2008

    I reeeeeeeeeeeealy want to read this book

    5out of 5