A House Like a Lotus [NOOK Book]

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Sixteen-year-old Polly is on her way to the island of Cyprus, where she will work as a gofer. The trip was arranged by Maximiliana Horne, a rich, brilliant artist who, with her longtime companion, Dr. Ursula Heschel, recently became the O?Keefe family?s neighbor on Benne Seed Island. Max and Polly formed an instant friendship and Max took over Polly?s education, giving her the encouragement and confidence that her isolated upbringing had not. Polly adored Max, even idolized her, until Max betrayed her. In ...

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Sixteen-year-old Polly is on her way to the island of Cyprus, where she will work as a gofer. The trip was arranged by Maximiliana Horne, a rich, brilliant artist who, with her longtime companion, Dr. Ursula Heschel, recently became the O’Keefe family’s neighbor on Benne Seed Island. Max and Polly formed an instant friendship and Max took over Polly’s education, giving her the encouragement and confidence that her isolated upbringing had not. Polly adored Max, even idolized her, until Max betrayed her. In Greece, Polly finds romance, danger, and unique friendships. But can she ever forgive Max?


While working at a conference in Cyprus, sixteen-year-old Polly tries to come to terms with the emotionally tumultuous events preceding her arrival on the island and her relationships with old and new friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814134
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 2/14/2012
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 126,677
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 292 KB

Meet the Author

Madeleine L'Engle


MADELEINE L’ENGLE (1918-2007) was the author of more than forty books for readers of all ages, including the Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time, the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light, and the first two books about Polly O’Keefe, The Arm of the Starfish and Dragons in the Waters. madeleinelengle.com

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 A shy, withdrawn child with few friends, she retreated into writing at an early age.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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2003

    My Fave Book in the ENTIRE WORLD!

    I'm a diehard L'Engle fan, but this is by far my favorite book. It is indeed a wonderful story and one I constantly read just to get into a deep story of attraction, emotion, and logic. The fantasy is there but so is reality. This book deals with real issues, and in a respectful way to all parties involved. And the scenes are treated with a delicate and enchanting sense. I couldn't put this book down when I first read it and I still haven't tucked it away on a bookshelf.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Darkmoon

    "Its okay. Im the one whos sorry."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    Cuddleshard

    She shook her head. No im sorry that i ever asked u. She pads back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2014

    9855

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Ty

    Go back 1 result

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    Posted February 10, 2013

    Tiahh to Karen

    I am

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    Karen

    Im bored................

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    Posted February 13, 2013

    Emma

    Ohhhhhhh

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    Posted February 4, 2013

    To carter

    R u single from savannah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    To hayley

    No girls to date so bad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Ruch Rich story and character development

    Enjoyed L'Engle's treatment of the characters and message to allow complexity and imperfection in those around us

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2012

    Highly recommended for teens as well as any adult who reads.

    Although written years ago the theme of this book is still very appropriate for today. Family, friends and trust are sometimes hard to juggle when you are growing up and learning to be responsible. This book takes us through the coming of age of a young girl and how she handles the gossip and backstabbing of the highschool crowd as well as the secrets of adult family friends.

    Read it before you read book 5 of the time series, An Acceptable Time. You will understand it better if you do it that way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    A Pivotal Experience

    I read this book when I was 13 and going through a lot of family changes. I had read anything by her I could get my hands on and kept looking for more. This book literally turned a switch in my head. I 'got' so much that was going on in my life. I felt such a connection with Polly. It was so wonderful at a time when I felt so alone to read about someone I could relate to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    Phenominal Read!

    I have been fortunate enough to read many L'Engle works in my time but never had I read one work twice until I picked up House Like A Lotus. I was taken by the discriptive characterizations of not only Polly but her family as well as the colorful way that the setting were described. As far as this "sex secene" is concerned, I think that this is a coming of age book. With the coming of age, there are certain "truthes" about the world that young people must embrace. Sexuality is one of those such thruthes. I think that L'Engle approaches these oft time sensative issues with a great deal of honesty and openness. She is not judegemental nor does she force her opinion on the reader. In the development of the plot, she allows the reader to formulate their own opinion. The intimate moment that was shared by Polly and her boyfriend was as tender a moment as you can get in any medium.I think it should be taken as it was given,as a tender moment shared by two concenting adults. As far as the homosexuality, that particular lifestyle is in this world. There is no denying that. The exchange between Max and Polly and the relationship between Max and her partner are not overt and that too should be taken as it was presented to us, as the reader, by the author. This book was a phenominal read and I would recommend it to anyone in the age group of 13 and above.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2002

    ???????????

    When I first put this book down I was MAD!! I'm a really big L'Engle fan and this was the book only book og hers I hadn't finished but the ending seemed to go against all veiws presnted in L'Engles other novels. But the book made me think. And it made me ask a lot of good questions. And I think those questions are why she wrote the book. The book comes from the point of veiw of Polly, who makes a lot of mistakes thru out the whole book. But the mistakes cause the questions. The main questions from the book deal with: lesbianism, (subtly) pre-marital sex, and the imperfections of all Humans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2002

    A Wonderful Book

    Not L'Engle's BEST, but I love all of her books. This one I would recommend for young adults because of the very small and not very detailed sex scene. Also because the book deals with issues such as sexual harrassment, lesbianism, etc. P.S. The sex scene was not 'yucky.' Polly (the character in the book) is a natural, healthy teenager. The book was very realistic as far as that goes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2001

    I loved it!

    this was such a wonderful book! i can't believe anyone would think anything else, but i have to admit that the sex scene was 'yucky' but that was the only bad thing. besides, it was over fast, and you need to look past that to the book as a whole. it was wonderful and i especially liked the diversity of it. that was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    It was different for l'engle

    well, it's a great book full of traveling and adventure, but the feeling of the overall book is kind of strange. I loved the way l'engle put so many characters in the book and had Polly chillin with all her homies at different times. My favorite thing about the whole book was the description of the traveling and places Polly visited. I didn't like how she had sex with her boyfriend when she's at the lowest time in the story. It sends out a bad message. It was.....different.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2001

    Absolutely Wonderful!!!!!!!

    A House Like A Lotus was absolutely wonderful!!! I love it so much, I read it five times! I love Polly and Zachary together. I wish there could be a book with them as a couple.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    As usual, putting things in perspective

    House Like a Lotus, like all of L'Engle's novels, definitely inspires learning and growth. The beautiful and poignant descriptions of Greece and Cyprus pale in comparison to the deapth and fullness of the characters. All ages can appreciate this book that, although grouped in the young adult genre, has themes and messages that address young and old alike.

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