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Troubling a Star [Hardcover]

By Madeleine L'Engle (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.01"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 1994
Publisher   Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN  0374377839  
EAN  9780374377830  

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After a year in New York City and a summer with her grandfather, Vicky Austin returns to the rural connecticut village she grew up in-- and feels totally out of place. then she meets Adam Eddington's Great-aunt serena, who reminds her of her beloved grandfather, and she begins to find a comfortable, if not exciting, routine to her days. At Christmas, Serena gives Vicky a trip to Antarctica, to visit Adam. Vicky can't believe her luck.But the trip is not what Vicky imagined it would be. First of all, she doesnt know where she stands with Adam. He's pulled back, saying they are just friends. But weren't they more than that, Vicky thinks. And Vicky's fellow passengers are not what they seem or they are more than she knows. Finally, even Aunt Serena's motives are suspect, as Vicky discovers a journal that belonged to Adam's famous uncle who disappeared many years earlier.As Vicky becomes more and more caught up in a mystery involving drugs, nuclear waste, and international espionage, she discovers that her assumptions about the world are hopelessly naive and that life, hers included, is as fragile as the ecosystem of Antarctica, the world's most remote continent.

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Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Madeleine L'Engle lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Madeleine L'Engle was born in 1918 and died in 2007.

Madeleine L'Engle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Austin Family
  2. Crosswicks Journal
  3. Crosswicks Journal
  4. Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet
  5. Wheaton Literary
  6. Writers' Palette Book

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Troubling a Star: Exciting, but too scientific and politic  Nov 12, 2007
Returning to her hometown of Thornhill, Vicky Austin feels out of place. There she meets the great aunt of her friend and love interest, Adam Eddington, and they develop a fast friendship. On her 16th birthday, she is given a trip to Antarctica, where Adam is studying. But all is not as it seems...

While a bit slow in the beginning, it quickly jumps into the action and maintains it throughout. The descriptions are very detailed and most of the characters seem quite realistic. There are, however, many politic references and more obscure scientific facts that the average reader might not understand. The climax just appears, rather than building up to it, however it is interestingly woven into the story. The last 100 or so pages are hard to put down, and there are many twists and turns that keep you reading. Overall, a relatively good book.
A Disappointment, but O.K  Mar 8, 2006
After reading A Wrinkle in time I picked this book and was sure I would like it, but I asumed wrong. This book was O.k. It was a little confusing.The ending was too rushed and came to a conclusion faster then I would have liked. I had to read the ending several times before I finally understood it completely. I definitely think that this was not Madeleine L'Engle's best work.
almost gave it a 5 but...  Jan 30, 2006
Wow. I read a Ring of Endless Light earlier and, me, being stupid, didn't even know they were SUPPOSED to be connected. Nothing clicks together. Reading this, you'd think Adam and Vicky are different people all together!
BUT as a stand-alone book, if you just don't think about Ring of Endless Light, it's pretty good. At the end, it's a little sketchy and things just happen all at once. If you want to read it, I reccomend renting it from your library, but it's not quite worth buying.
I feel so safe inside this book  May 6, 2005
I read this book several summers ago, maybe when I was in elementary school. For some reason, it got completely erased from my mind.
Much later on, in the YA section of a bookstore, I came across A Ring Of Endless Light. I bought it and devoured it, staying up for 24 hours to finish it. Though I loved the book, something kept nagging at me. Why did Vicky Austin seem so familiar? Then I read somewhere that L'Engle had written several books about the Austins. I figured out that I must of read the books in the wrong order. Piecemeal memories of the book came rushing back at me, and I struggled to remember the name. I don't remember how I found out that it was called Troubling a Star, but the point is that I did. Though I don't remember all of it, I remember how much I loved it and how safe I felt inside that book. The only other books that evoke such a safe feeling are The Golden Compass and Ella Enchanted (my beloved childhood favorite). I remember checking out a hardcover edition from the library, so I am devasted that I can only find paperpack editions. Somehow I can't imagine reading this in a paperback.
One of my Favorites  Jul 1, 2004
This book is one of my favorite L'Engle novels. I remember as a child loving L'Engle's books in the Time series. I am currently working on my PhD and realized several years ago that the most refreshing books to relax with (after reading hundreds of pages of expository text) were those classified as "young-adult" books. And L'Engle is one of my favorite "young-adult" authors!

This book is set in the school year immediately following the conclusion of "A Ring of Endless Light." And for those of you who loved that book as I did, you will be happy to know that in "Troubling a Star" you will get to see what happens to Vicky and Adam. Adam has the opportunity to go study in Antarctica and Vicky soon learns she has been given a gift of her very own study abroad trip. While the two don't travel together, their experiences and the dangers they both face tie their two trips together in a wonderful way. Buy this book to find out more...


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