Saffy's Angel

by Hilary McKay
160 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by Narnia Freak

A funny read, but it could use more morality.


Saffron one day finds out that she is not the blood daughter of, but is really adopted by, her Aunt Eve. Saffy's real mother was Eve's twin sister who lived in Sienna, Italy, and who died in a car crash. Her grandfather brought her back when she was just a little infant.

When Saffy's grandfather dies he leaves something for each of the children - Saffron, Indigo, Caddy, and Rose. To the three other children he leaves reasonable gifts, but to Saffy he leaves 'her angel', though no one knows where or what it is.

Can Saffy use the angel to find her place in life, or will she always feel like an outcast?


The characters do things without permission and are sometimes unkind to each other. They occasionally exhibit reckless behavior, such as hanging out windows and eating paint.

Spiritual Content




Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

Caddy is rather flirtatious and has a crush on the man who is teaching her to drive.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



This was a very funny, intriguing read with believable characters. Saffy struggles with everyday problems and must learn to overcome them.

On the down side, there is little morality in the tale and characters exhibit behavior that is strange and sometimes bad. The parents do only a moderate job of raising their children. However, values such as perseverance are a major part of the story.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 3
Written for Age: 8-10

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