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  • Saffy's Angel | Hilary McKay

    Saffy's Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Julia Sawalha
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    Saffron's two sisters, Cadmium and Rose, and her brother Indigo were all named from a color chart by their mother Eve, a fine-arts painter. When Saffron, known as Saffy, discovers that her name is not on the chart, it soon leads to another discovery. She has been adopted.

  • Caddy Ever After | Hilary McKay

    Caddy Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Glen Mcready
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    It's Valentines Day and Caddy has fallen in love and is getting married...but not to Michael. With a wedding to plan, everything's a little crazier than normal in the Casson household. Especially as the only one who seems happy for Caddy is Bill. But it's Permanent Rose who is taking the news the hardest. She made a big promise to Michael - how is she going to keep it now?

  • Lulu: Duck in the Park, Dog from the Sea & Cat in the Bag | Hilary McKay

    Lulu: Duck in the Park, Dog from the Sea & Cat in the Bag

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    In The Duck in the Park, Lulu finds a duck egg that has rolled out of its nest and takes it to class to keep it safe. Pets aren’t allowed at school, but surely this doesn’t count? After all, it’s just an egg.... In The Dog from the Sea, she goes on holiday and finds a dog living on the beach. Everyone in town thinks the dog is trouble. But Lulu is sure he just needs a friend... In The Cat in the Bag, a mysterious bag is left on Lulu’s doorstep. The last thing her nan expects to be in it is a huge, marigold-coloured cat. But Lulu knows that this cat needs a lovely new home.

  • Binny for Short | Hilary McKay

    Binny for Short

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Kate Harbour
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    Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem, and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares.

  • Forever Rose | Hilary McKay

    Forever Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    Rose's family members are always busy doing their own things. At least she still has her friends at school, but Mr. Spencer is always shouting about SATs and now he's cancelled Christmas! But thankfully he can't cancel the Christmas school trip.

  • Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door and Other Stories | Hilary McKay

    Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Lulu loves animals. When Lulu's next door neighbour doesn't seem to be looking after his rabbit properly, Lulu and her cousin Mellie devise a scheme to make him pay more attention to his pet.

  • Cold Enough for Snow | Hilary McKay

    Cold Enough for Snow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Andy Crane
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    When the children are snowed in during a dinner ladies' detention for what could turn into weeks, things look bad. After all, dinner ladies are not overly fond of children, and their cooking is terrible! Now London has been evacuated, and time and food are running out. Bagdemagus, the magical school cat, is behaving very strangely - can he help the children make their escape?

  • Caddy's World | Hilary McKay

    Caddy's World

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    Best friends, boyfriends, problem parents, purple hair. Brothers, sisters, fireworks and unexpected babies. Welcome to Caddy’s World…The stunning prequel to the best-selling Saffy’s Angel, from award-winning author Hilary McKay.

  • Indigo's Star | Hilary McKay

    Indigo's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Helen Lederer
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    It's back to school for the start of a new term. Indigo's returning after a bout of glandular fever and is dreading it. Rose is worrying about Indigo, and her new glasses. Saffy is busy dictating Rose's homework answers, while Caddy agonizes over ways to dump her current boyfriend. And their mother, Eve, is busy trying to dry her latest painting with a hairdryer.

    A. J. McConachie says: "I Loved it!!"
  • Permanent Rose: Casson Family, Book 3 | Hilary McKay

    Permanent Rose: Casson Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    Feisty Rose takes center stage as the highly original Casson family faces a long, hot summer. As usual, things are a bit chaotic. Eldest daughter Caddy is now engaged to darling Michael, and she’s not altogether sure she likes it. Saffy and Sarah are on a mission to find Saffy’s biological father (while cultivating hearts of stone). And Indigo is cautiously beginning a friendship with a reformed bully, who desperately wants to feel like part of the Casson family.

  • The Zoo in the Attic & The Treasure in the Garden | Hilary McKay

    The Zoo in the Attic & The Treasure in the Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    Here are two of a series of stories about the riotous children who live in Paradise House.

  • Saffy's Angel | Hilary McKay

    Saffy's Angel

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Debra Gillet
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    After Saffron Casson discovers that she's adopted, life is never quite the same again. Her artistic parents and doting siblings adore her, but Saffy wants a piece of her past. So when her grandfather bequests a stone angel to her, Saffy knows she has to find it. Realising that her childhood in Siena holds the key, she secretly stows away on a car trip to Italy, with her new friend, Sarah. Meanwhile, the rest of her family are engaged in their own wacky projects.

  • Wishing for Tomorrow | Hilary McKay

    Wishing for Tomorrow

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
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    In this delightful sequel to A Little Princess, Sara Crewe has gone away with the Indian gentleman, and now nothing is the same at Miss Minchin's. Shy Ermengarde, spoiled Lottie, and awful Lavinia are all left behind at the Select Seminary for Young Ladies, and without Sara, school is even more dreary than before. But things are about to change....

    Autumn says: "Cute, but not as good as I thought it would be"
  • Pudding Bag School: The Birthday Wish | Hilary McKay

    Pudding Bag School: The Birthday Wish

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Andy Crane
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    Simon Percy's parents went up in a hot-air balloon when he was six weeks old. It's now his 10th birthday, and they still haven't returned! Simon is dreading the new school term, but the arrival of an unconventional new teacher cheers him up.

  • The Amber Cat | Hilary McKay

    The Amber Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
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    When Robin Brogan comes down with chicken pox, he doesn't think it's really so terrible. After all, it gets him out of acting in the school play. And since his best friend Dan also has spots, they are staying together at Robin's house in England overlooking the ocean. When the hours begin to drag, Robin's mother tells stories about a wonderful summer she spent in their shoreline house.

  • The Echo in the Chimney & The Magic in the Mirror | Hilary McKay

    The Echo in the Chimney & The Magic in the Mirror

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    Nine-year-old best friends Danny, Nathan and Anna live with their families in Paradise House along with Old MacDonald the caretaker and a variety of eccentric characters in these stories by award-winning children's author Hilary McKay.

  • Binny in Secret | Hilary McKay

    Binny in Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    With her awful secondhand uniform and stuck-up classmates, Binny's new school is horrible. And life gets even worse when a storm damages the roof of her house, forcing Binny and her family to move to the countryside whilst it's being fixed. Binny; her sensible older sister, Clem; and her rambunctious brother, James (and his chickens) begin adjusting to life in the country. Then one of James' beloved chickens vanishes, and Binny finds strange footprints in the mud. What kind of creature is lurking in the undergrowth?

  • A Strong Smell of Magic | Hilary McKay

    A Strong Smell of Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 44 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Andy Crane
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    Pudding Bag School is an ordinary school. But this year, Class 4b has the magical Miss Gilhoolie teaching them, and suddenly things are much more exciting.... A special class prize will be awarded to the children who make the most money at the Pudding Bag School Summer Fair. With their teacher ill, Class 4b and their pet moose need something special - and it arrives just in time. But it smells very strongly of magic! Will anyone notice?

  • Happy and Glorious & Practically Perfect | Hilary McKay

    Happy and Glorious & Practically Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
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    It’s the Queen’s unofficial birthday, and no one has bought her a present. Not the Prime Minister, not the Treasurer, and not even her lazy Ladies-in-Waiting. All she wants is one small, very cheap present. Just because it has four legs and a tail, that shouldn’t put anyone off....

  • Indigo's Star | Hilary McKay

    Indigo's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary McKay
    • Narrated By Helen Lederer
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    It's two years since Saffy found her angel, and now her brother, Indigo, the only boy in the Casson family, has a quest of his own. He's helped by his new school pal and of course his ever-resourceful younger sister.

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