Meet the Austins

Meet the Austins

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by Madeleine L'Engle
     
 

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For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children—Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob—

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For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children—Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob—do their best to be generous and welcoming to Maggy.
Vicky knows she should feel sorry for Maggy, but having sympathy for Maggy is no easy thing. Maggy is moody and spoiled; she breaks toys, wakes people in the middle of the night screaming, discourages homework, and generally causes chaos in the Austin household. How can one small child disrupt a family of six? Will life ever return to normal?

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"...[an] ode to faith and family..."—Quin Hillyer, American Spectator

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466814141
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Series:
Austin Family , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
97,239
File size:
239 KB
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

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.


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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 12, 1918
Date of Death:
September 6, 2007
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Litchfield, CT
Education:
Smith College, 1941

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Meet the Austins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I read it to an eight-year-old, and she absolutely loved it. A thriteen-year-old also considers this one of her favorite books. This just shows how great the book is- different people can all relate to it. That's because all the characters are so different, yet you end up loving them all -- even spoiled Maggy. I recommend this book as well as all the Austin Chronicles. Just a warning-- after the second book, younger children won't enjoy the series anymore. That's because all the characters start to grow up, and the books start to become more about romance, and less about the family life. Still, the books are all EXTREMELY well-written and great reads.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twelve year old Vicky Austin and her siblings 'John, Suzy, and Rob' lives are about to change when an orphan, Maggy Hamilton, comes to live with them. Maggy is a spoiled brat, but in time settles down and becomes one of the family, and shares many exciting adventures with them. This is a great read... it's exciting, and entertaining. Madeline L'Engle is an excellent author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Austin family is turned upside-down when spoiled Maggy enters their family. Vicky Austin is constantly annoyed at Maggy because of the trouble she often causes, but she and her siblings all learn a thing or two from Maggy's tantrums and disobedience. This book is hilarious, and I've read it over several times. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can totally relate to this book. It is about Vicky, who doesn't really fit in. She has a normal life. I thought it was a very good to relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I greatly recomend it.
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Madeleine L'engle is a fabulous writer. Her novels and other fiction are full of life and give children hope for the future. They are also great books. Whenever i pick up any of her books i can never put it down before finishing it. This edition of Meet the Austins is especially special. It includes a chapter not published with the rest of the book called The Anti-muffins. This chapter was controvertial during the time she wrote it so it was published seperatly from the book. This edition restores the chapter to its rightful place. Read and enjoy!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Vicky Austin has a secure and happy home with her physician father, homemaker mother, older brother John, and younger siblings Suzy and Rob, in their big house outside a small American town. The Austins practice an unpretentious but fully committed brand of Christianity, and despite normal squabbling and adolescent angst their elder daughter knows she is surrounded by love and treasures it. Then Maggy Hamilton, ten years old and newly orphaned, lands in their midst and does her best to change everything. For a time this little girl who has never known a real home before does a good job of disrupting the Austins' lives. To Maggy, toys are for breaking (her rich grandfather will replace them on demand, so why not?) and so are rules. Yet like all children, Maggy desperately wants to be loved. Can the Austins love her in spite of her obnoxious behavior? Or will her presence tear their happy family apart? The answer to that question may be predictable, but the way it happens isn't predictable at all. Vicky as narrator has a sweet but decidedly not saccharine voice, and an outlook on life as a budding woman that when this story was first published (copyright 1960) was positively revolutionary. I particularly love the way L'Engle imbues this and many of her other books with a matter-of-fact yet profound spiritual dimension, by depicting Christians who live their faith as if that were the most natural thing in the world. I'm surprised I didn't find this book when I was at the age level for which it was written, since in 1960 I was 8 years old. However, all really fine children's literature can also be enjoyed by adult readers; and that's especially true of Madeleine L'Engle's work. I look forward now to reading the rest of the Austin series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Austins book. I just finished 'Troubling A Star' also. I took Adam's 'cool it' letter serious just the way Vikcky did. I can't believe it. Please!!! Write more Austins books!! PlEASE!! For the sake of all of us readers that love a little teen-age love and adventure. I really want to find out what happens with Adam and Vicky. They are sooooo cute together. They really go together good. Keep writing please!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Madeleine L'Engle, but I just finished reading 'Troubling A Star', and my dying question is this: When is the next Austin's book going to be out?!?! I need to know what happens next with Vicky and Adam!!! Mrs. L'Engle, please hurry up!! i'm dying to know what happens next!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was okay, but a little slow. I also thought the family was a little unrealistic. I dont know of any family who is as perfect as the Austins seemed to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book, I read after I had read A Ring of Endless Light. It shows what a real loving family can be like. Everyone should read this book. I thought I might be to old to like it, I was right I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to people who like contemporary fiction.