Meet the Austins [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Meet the Austins

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Overview


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?

The life of the Austin family is changed by the arrival of self-centered young Maggy Hamilton, orphaned by the sudden death of her pilot father.

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

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814141
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Austin Family , #1
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 106,203
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • File size: 233 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 December 22, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    One L'Engle's Best Works

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    Meet the Austins

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2004

    A hilarious book kids (and all) would like

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    A very good book

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Very good

    This is a great book. I greatly recomend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2003

    Way To GO!!!

    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!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Book

    This book sounds good but you can't get a sample! Is it good? Reply to TABBY_C_BOMBAY? THANKS

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Rm

    Oh ok. So what ru gonna do for the 4th if july? Omglob im still scared:(

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    Hey austin

    Hey its rose r u a football player

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Katie

    Some who said to below asked if i was gay or a lesbian

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Nyra

    Heyyy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Fantastic writer!!!!!!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    For adults as well as for kids!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2003

    Go Austins!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    An okay Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2000

    Loved It

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    Great book!!

    I would recommend this book to people who like contemporary fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    A Hidden Classic

    As a nearly 30-something with three small children, I was drawn to this book again, recalling it from my sixth grade year. After re-reading it, I discovered that it was my image of 'family' as I hope to create for myself and my children... a *wonderful* book, full of togetherness and wisdom and subtle lessons, as well as superior writing.

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