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Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound ...

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Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.

But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future?

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School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Edgy teen novels with weighty issues are the order of the day, with far ranging titles like Sarah Littman's Purge (bulimia) and The Knife That Killed Me (school violence) by Anthony McGowan. This reissue of Madeline L'Engle's 1949 novel (Farrar, Straus, 2010) is as far from edgy as one can get. Yet there is an audience for tamer titles like this that speak of a different time but still reflect the problems that teens face today: fitting in, a heightened awareness of sexuality, and search for identity. Flip is sent off to a strict Swiss boarding school after her mother's death while her father continues his world travels as a photojournalist. Tall and clumsy, Flip sticks out like a sore thumb and the other girls tease her relentlessly. Keeping to herself, the teen is befriended by a teacher who helps her see her own strengths. Flip meets Paul and her focus shifts from worrying about herself to the problems Paul has as a war orphan whose past is full of questions. The two find solace in their relationship as they face their problems together. Anne Marie Lee's narration reflects Flip's pain as well as the voice of a determined girl who has much to offer as her own self-confidence grows. This novel, reminiscent of Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in its innocence and charm, is a lovely listen for those who want to dabble in the romantic.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312602772
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 842,889
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeleine L'Engle

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.

Biography

Madeleine L'Engle Camp was born in New York City and educated in boarding schools in Switzerland and across the United States. A shy, withdrawn child with few friends, she retreated into writing at an early age. She attended Smith College, graduating summa cum laude in 1941. After college, she worked in the New York theatre, where she met her future husband, Hugh Franklin. (Later she would say that they "met in The Cherry Orchard and married during The Joyous Season.") Her first book, The Small Rain (1945), was completed while she was still working as an actress.

After the birth of their first child, Madeleine and her husband moved to rural Connecticut to run a small general store; but in 1959, they returned to New York City with their three children so Hugh Franklin could resume his acting career (For many years, he played Dr. Charles Tyler on the popular television soap opera All My Children.) Although Madeleine wrote steadily during this period, few of her books were published. Then, in 1960, she released her first children's story, Meet the Austins. An affectionate portrait of a close-knit family, the book was named an ALA Notable Children's Book of the year and spawned several bestselling sequels.

Completed in 1960, L'Engle's science fiction YA classic A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by more than two dozen publishers before Farrar, Straus and Giroux finally released it in 1962. Elegant, imaginative, and filled with complex moral themes, the acclaimed Newbery Medal winner tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl who travels through time with her psychically gifted younger brother to rescue their scientist father from a planet controlled by an evil entity known as the Dark Thing. Throughout her career, L'Engle would return to the Murry family three more times, in A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), and Many Waters (1986). The Time Quartet, as these four books have come to be called, weaves together elements of theology and quantum physics often assumed to be far too esoteric for children to understand. Yet, it became a true classic of juvenalia. L'Engle explained once, "You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children."

In addition to her YA novels, the prolific writer also penned adult fiction, poems, plays, memoirs, and religious meditations. She served as the longtime librarian and writer-in-residence for the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. Madeleine L'Engle passed away at a nursing home in Connecticut in 2007.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      1918112
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, NY
    1. Date of Death:
      September 6, 2007
    2. Place of Death:
      Litchfield, CT
    1. Education:
      Smith College, 1941

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Chapter 1

The Prisoner of Chillon

 

“Where are you going, Philippa?” Mrs. Jackman asked sharply as Flip turned away from the group of tourists standing about in the cold hall of the château of Chillon.

     “I’m going for a walk,” Flip said.

     Her father put his hand on her shoulder. “I’d rather you stayed with us, Flip.”

     She looked up at him, her eyes bright with pleading. “Please, Father!” she whispered. Then she turned and ran out of the château, away from the dark, prisoning stones and out into the sunlight that was as bright and as sudden as bugles. She ran down a small path that led to Lake Geneva, and because she was blinded by sudden tears and by the sunlight striking on the lake she did not see the boy or the dog sitting on a rock at the lake’s edge, and she crashed into them.

     “I’m sorry!” she gasped as the boy slid off the rock and one of his legs went knee-deep into the water before he was able to regain his balance. She looked at his angry, handsome face and said quickly, this time in French, “I’m terribly sorry. I didn’t see you.”

     “You should watch where you’re going!” the boy cried and bent down to wring the water out of his trouser leg. The dog, a large and ferocious brindle bull, began leaping up at Flip, threatening to knock her down.

     “Oh—” she gasped. “Please—please—”

     “Down, Ariel. Down!” the boy commanded, and the bulldog dropped to his feet and then lay down in the path in front of Flip, his stump of a tail wagging with such frenzy that his whole body quivered.

     The boy looked at Flip’s navy blue coat. “I’m afraid Ariel got your coat dirty. His paws are always muddy.”

     “That’s all right,” Flip said. “If I let it dry, it will brush off.” She looked up at the boy standing very straight and tall, one foot on the rock. Flip was tall (“I do hope you won’t grow any taller, Philippa dear,” Mrs. Jackman kept saying), but this boy was even taller than she was and perhaps a year older.

     “I’m sorry I knocked you into the lake,” Flip said.

     “Oh, that’s all right. I’ll dry off.” The boy smiled; Flip had not realized how somber his face was until he smiled. “Is anything the matter?” he asked.

     Flip brushed her hand across her eyes and smiled back. “No. I was just—in a rage. I always cry when I’m mad. It’s terrible!” She blew her nose furiously.

     The boy laughed. “May I ask you a question?” he said. “It’s to settle a kind of bet.” He reached down and took hold of the bulldog’s collar, forcing him to rise to his feet. “Now sit properly, Ariel,” he commanded, and the dog dropped obediently to its haunches, its tongue hanging out as it panted heavily. “And try not to drool, Ariel,” the boy said. Then he smiled at Flip again. “You are staying at the Montreux Palace, aren’t you?”

     “Yes.” Flip nodded. “We came in from Paris last night.”

     “Are you Norwegian?”

     “No. I’m American.”

     “She was right then,” the boy said.

     “Right? About what? Who?” Flip asked. She sat down on the rock at the edge of the water and Ariel inched over until he could rest his head on her knee.

     “My mother. We play a game whenever we’re in hotels, my parents and I. We look at all the people in the dining room and decide what nationalities they are. It’s lots of fun. My mother thought you were American, but my father and I thought maybe you were Norwegian, because of your hair, you know.”

     Flip reached up and felt her hair. It was the color of very pale corn and she wore it cut quite short, parted on the side with a bang falling over her rather high forehead. Mrs. Jackman had suggested that she have a permanent, but for once Flip’s father had not agreed. “She has enough wave of her own and it suits her face this way,” he said, and Mrs. Jackman relented.

     “Your hair’s very pretty,” the boy said quickly. “And it made me wonder if you mightn’t be Scandinavian. Your father’s so very fair too. But my mother said that your mother couldn’t be anything but American. She said that only an American could wear clothes like that. She’s very beautiful, your mother.”

     “She isn’t my mother,” Flip said. “My mother is dead.”

     “Oh.” The boy dropped his eyes. “I’m sorry.”

     “Mrs. Jackman came from Paris with Father and me.” Flip’s voice was as hard and sharp as the stone she had picked up and was holding between her fingers. “You’d have thought she was just waiting for Mother to die, the way she moved in.”

     “Was your mother ill long?” the boy asked.

     “She was killed in an automobile accident. A year ago. She’s always being terribly kind, Mrs. Jackman, I mean, and doing things for me, but I think she doesn’t care if I live or die. What I think is, she lusts after my father.” Now the words were muffled. She had never said this before. She had thought it, but she had not said it.

     “I’m sorry,” the boy said again, then, as though to cut the tension, “Watch out that Ariel doesn’t drool on your skirt,” he said. “One of his worst faults is drooling. What’s your name?”

     “Philippa Hunter. What’s yours?” She tried to relax.

     “Paul Laurens. People”—he hesitated—”people who aren’t your own parents can sometimes be wonderful. I know—” He broke off as though he had said too much.

     “Not Mrs. Jackman,” Flip said.

     “She’s very beautiful.”

     “Beauty is only skin deep, according to my grandmother. And Eunice’s skin may not be thick, but it’s not deep either. She makes me call her Eunice, and I hate that. We’re not friends. And when she calls my father ‘darling’ I want to hit her. She’s the one I got so mad at just now, so I knocked you into the lake.” She looked at Paul in apology and surprise. “I’ve never talked about Eunice before. Not to anyone.”

     “Well,” Paul said, “sometimes you get to a point where you have to spill things out, or you burst.”

     “I guess I was there,” Philippa said. “Thanks for not being put off.”

     “Don’t be silly. And it’s safe with me. Ariel’s made your coat very dirty. I hope it will brush off. You have on a uniform, don’t you?”

     “Yes,” Flip answered, and her voice was harsh again because tears were threatening her again. “I’m being sent to boarding school, and it’s all because of Eunice Jackman wanting me out of the way so she can get her claws into Father. He’d never have thought of making me go away to school if Eunice hadn’t persuaded him it was—what did she say?—inappropriate—for me to travel around with him while he makes sketches for a book.”

     “That’s too bad. But—well, my mother has to be travelling all winter. She’s a singer, and she’s going to be on tour. So Father and I are managing alone.”

     “But you’ll be with your father,” Flip said. She looked out across the lake, forcing the tears back.

     “What do you want to do when you get out of school?” Paul asked.

     “Be an artist, like Father. School won’t help me to be an artist.” She continued to stare out over the water, and her eyes rested on a small lake steamer, clean and white, passing by. “I should like to get on that boat,” she said, “and just ride and ride forever and ever.”

     “But the boat comes to shore and everybody has to get off at last,” Paul told her.

     “Why?” Flip asked. “Why?” She looked longingly after the boat for a moment and then she looked at the mountains that seemed to be climbing up into the sky. They looked like the mountains that she imagined when she looked up at cloud formations during the long, slow summers in Connecticut. Now she was in Switzerland and these were real mountains, with real snow on their dazzling peaks. “Well—” She stood up, dislodging Ariel. “I’d better go back now. Eunice Jackman will think I’m off weeping somewhere. She says Mother’s been dead nearly a year and I should stop moping. She’s doing her best to stop Father moping, that’s for sure.” Now that she had started talking about Eunice, it seemed she could not stop. “She’s already had two or three husbands, and she wants to add Father to her collection. If I’m in boarding school I can’t stop her. I don’t know what’s the matter with me, going on this way. I’m sorry, Paul.”

     “It’s all right.” Paul took her hand. His grip was firm and strong. “Ariel doesn’t usually take to people the way he’s taken to you. When Ariel doesn’t like people I know I’m never going to like them, either. He has very good taste. Perhaps we’ll meet again sometime. I’d like that.”

     “I’d like it, too.” Philippa returned his smile. “It doesn’t sound likely, with me being incarcerated in boarding school.”

     “I’m sorry about that,” Paul said. “It sounds awful. I hate institutions. But Switzerland’s a small country, and my father and I are going to spend the winter up on the mountain while Mother’s on tour. She goes tomorrow. They’ve been wandering around the château this morning; they love it. It’s where my father proposed to my mother.” He smiled again and then his face changed and became so serious that Flip looked at him in surprise. “I don’t like it, because I don’t like any place that’s been a prison.” But then his face lightened and he said, “Do you know that poem of the English poet, Byron? The Prisoner of Chillon? It’s about a man who was a prisoner in the château.”

    “Yes,” Flip said. “We studied it in English last year. I didn’t like it much, but I think I shall pretend that my school is a prison and I am the prisoner and at Christmas my father will rescue me.”

     “If he doesn’t,” Paul said, “I will.”

     “Thank you,” Flip said. “Are you—do you go to school?”

     The same odd, strained look came into Paul’s eyes that had darkened them when he mentioned prisons. “No,” he said. “I’m not going to school right now.”

     “Well . . . good-bye,” Flip said.

     “Good-bye.” Paul shook hands with her again. She turned clumsily and patted Ariel’s head; then she started back up the path toward the château of Chillon.

     About halfway to the château she saw her father coming down the path toward her. He was alone, so she ran up to him and caught hold of his hand.

     “All right now, Flippet?” Philip Hunter asked.

     “Yes, Father.”

     “It’s not as though it were forever, funny face.”

     “I know, Father. It’s all right. I’m going to pretend that the school is the château of Chillon and I’m the prisoner, and then at Christmas you’ll come and liberate me.”

     “I certainly will,” Philip Hunter said. “Now let’s go find Eunice. She’s worried about you.”

     Eunice Jackman was waiting for them, her hands plunged into the pockets of her white linen suit. Her very black hair was pulled back from her face into a smooth doughnut at the nape of her neck. “Only a very beautiful woman should wear her hair like that,” Philip Hunter had told Flip. Now he waved at Eunice and shouted, “Hi!”

     “Hi!” Eunice called, taking one hand leisurely out of her pocket and waving back. “Feeling better, Philippa?”

     “I can’t feel better if I haven’t been feeling badly,” Flip said icily. “I just wanted to go for a walk.”

     Eunice laughed. She laughed a great deal, but her laugh never sounded to Flip as though she thought anything was funny. “So you went for a walk. Didn’t you like the château, Philippa?” Eunice never called her Flip.

     “I don’t like to look at things with a lot of other people,” Flip said. “I like to look at them by myself. Anyhow, I like the lake better. The lake and the mountains.”

     Mrs. Jackman looked over at Philip Hunter and raised her eyebrows. Then she slipped her hand through his arm. Flip looked at him, too, at the short straw-colored hair and the intense blue eyes, and her heart ached with longing and love because she was to be sent away from him.

     “Wait till you get up to the school,” Mrs. Jackman said. “According to my friend, Mrs. Downs, there’s a beautiful view of the lake from every window. You’re going to adore school once you’re there, Philippa.”

     “Necessities are necessary, but it isn’t necessary to adore them,” Flip said. She hated herself for sounding so surly, but when she was with Mrs. Jackman she always seemed to say the wrong things. She stared out over the lake to the mountains of France. She wanted to go and press her burning cheeks against the cool whiteness of the snowy tips.

 

 

Excerpted from And Both Were Young by Madeleine L’Engle.

Copyright © 2010 by Madeleine L’Engle.

Published in 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.

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  • Posted January 28, 2012

    fantastic!!!!

    I have read 95% of everything Madeleine L'Engle wrote, and this, the original unedited version of And Both Were Young, holds a special place in my heart. This story is not like her Wrinkle in Time or A Ring of Endless Light; Flip seems more real to me than either heroine of the other two books. Everyone should read this amazing novel. I read it in high school, the first time, and I will give it to my children to read when they are old enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    great book!

    i really liked this book. this is the first book i have read by madeliene l'engle and she is a great author. i couldn't put iot down and it is going to stick with me for days.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

    A wonderful book!

    I absolutely loved this book. Once i picked it up i couldn't put it down. I would most definitely recommend this book to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Its a Beauty

    I felt to be as Flip. She faced struggles of her father and Ms.Jackman but when she met Paul everything changes. This is a beauty. I loved the first romance between Flip and Paul. I felt a deep connection with this book of love,loss, and hope. Most importantly, happiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Great

    This is storytelling at its best. I always enjoy her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    Fabulous

    Its a great book i recommend it to everyone

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    Great Mystery/Romance Novel!

    Madeleine L'Engle's, And Both Were Young, is an excellent tale about a young couple searching to find their place in the world. In order to do this, Flip must confront her own insecurities and mature while at the same time try to help the boy she is in love with solve a mystery that will allow him to become whole. This mystery/romance deals with growing up, much like Michael Segedy's Hampton Road, a psychological thriller that deals with love and social conflict- a must read).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2003

    BEST BOOK FOR TEENS!!!!

    This is the best book I have ever read. It has all of the hightlights: love, romance, school, and so much more! It really shows life if you go to boarding school! What are you waiting for? Buy/ Read it today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    A GREAT book!

    This was the BEST book I've ever read! I am hooked on Madeline L'Engle for life! I agree completely with the review written by Sarah a high school sophmore in FL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2002

    The Best!

    This was by far the best book I have ever read! The way she describes stuff is unbelievable; its as though you were there because you can see the places in your head, and you can completely relate to her main character, Flip.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    One of her best.

    This book is fantastic. I just finished reading it for the first time. Madeline L'Engle's writing is moving with a splash of romance. All of her books have a faint similarity in their story line, although each is an individual.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2001

    Awesome!!!:)

    This book is an awesome book(pardon the spelling). This is probably one of Madilne L'engle's best books but it is one of the least known. I wish I had a dashing friend like Paul to talk to me the way that Flip and Paul talk. You should definatly read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    An Interesting Mystery

    Flip is being sent off to boarding school on request by the woman who as she put it is 'lusting after her father' who is an artist. Flip meets a boy named Paul before she goes off to the school in Switzerland and his dog, Ariel. She goes off to school and doesn't fit in, and the only thing that is bringing her happiness is her mysterious art teacher, until she sees Ariel. She sees Paul again, but he has a secret. He doesn't remember his past. She has to try to help him piece together his past. This book is interesting and you have to read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Hm.......

    Nice I like it! A good sense of style for me!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    ????

    How old should u b 2 read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    I Love This Book, Like Any Other By L'Engle

    About a week ago, I checked this book out of the library for about the millionth time. Its a wonderful book about growing up. L'Engle is undoutebly my favorite author. She writes with such emotion and beauty. You understand what Flip is going through. This book provides an escape from reality. As with her other books, Flip reappears in another of L'Engle's novels very briefly. This is in 'A Severed Wasp' which I am now reading for the second time. If anyone loves L'Engle's books as much as I do you can't help but wonder what does happen to her. For example I just read The Small Rain aka Prelude with all the extras back in NY (yes again) and you know that Katherine and Justin have something, but you will not realize what they went through. The same is with Camilla but that and A Live Coal in the Sea are a little different. I only dream of writing as good as L'Engle! I just think that everyone should read something by L'Engle. A Wrinkle... is great but she does have other books and for me they tend to teach me more as well as touch me. It is an escape from everyday reality. I'm living in Katherine and Justin's world right now. I think everyone needs an escape sometime, especially in the real boring math class (no don't read the book there just live in their world) and L'Engle's book is just the ticket! (And if anyone else out there is a L'Engle book fan--write me an e-mail or IM me at GldCmpsGrl)

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