The Moon by Night [NOOK Book]

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As if simply being fourteen-years-old weren’t bad enough—what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin’s always comforting and reliable home life is changing completely. Her brother John is going off to college in the fall. Maggy, an orphan taken in by the Austins two years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And the rest of Vicky’s family is moving from their quiet house in the country to the heart of New York City.
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Overview


As if simply being fourteen-years-old weren’t bad enough—what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin’s always comforting and reliable home life is changing completely. Her brother John is going off to college in the fall. Maggy, an orphan taken in by the Austins two years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And the rest of Vicky’s family is moving from their quiet house in the country to the heart of New York City.
     But before the big move, the entire Austin family is taking a meandering trip across the country in their station wagon, stopping to camp along the way, with no set schedule and not a single night of camping experience among them.
     Wild animal attacks. Life-threatening natural disasters. Cute boys on the prowl. Anything can happen in the great outdoors.



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"The Austin family spends the summer on a cross-country camping trip...Vicky, now 'almost 15,' tells the story, and the reader feels a strong personal identification with the thoughts and emotions of this age group through her story." —School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814158
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Austin Family , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 181,280
  • Age range: 11 - 18 Years
  • File size: 467 KB

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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    Posted June 10, 2014

    Starkit

    Pads in nervously

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    ???

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    Posted June 5, 2014

    &christ

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    Patchfur

    Ah.

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    Posted June 4, 2014

    Snowpaw

    (The character is a guy. Im sorry, but that name is just depressingly sad. Im changing it to snowflight)

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    Posted June 2, 2014

    Gasp

    You guys are so careing thanks

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    Posted June 2, 2014

    A small kit

    Yes she is alive wanna adopt her.

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    Posted June 8, 2014

    Aw...

    Why did this die so quickly? No pun intended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    TO STARCLAN AND STARCLAN ONLY

    I mean it! Nooooooo lookie!] Ok STARCLAN (no one else) i bet yer wondering where snowy is. Well no worries! She is safe on earth in another pelt. She is very compassionate and kind but she isnt mature enough to guide her own steps. Please help her. In case someone else is reading this i will put her name in code. U are smart enough to figure out a prophecy right? Good."When radiance takes flight owl's heart will return to fall in love. And snowy owl's feathers will glide down to touch her face." Good luck! Btw... over time these things will be true. Dont expect everything to happen all at once. ~Mysterious cat

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    Darkclaw

    I didnt know anything about your family, except for your parents left you. Remeber Dustpaw?

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    Radiancepaw

    Owlheart misses u thorn. Really bad.

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    EveningPool

    "Oh, dear." EveningPool sighed, "You were brave. You took a risk. Here, you do not have to grieve. She might be here...safe."

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    Posted December 14, 2013

    Icestar

    She brought the three kits in.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    Wonderful Book About Growing Up and Life Change

    This is a wonderful book about coming of age and life change. The Austin family decides to take a camping trip across the States before moving to New York for the father's job. The book deals with issues such as the struggle for young adults seeking love and independence from parents while still wanting some of the comfort of being a child.

    The more I read Madeleine L'Engle the more I love her work. She is an excellent writer that communicates some tough issues effectively while entertaining the reader.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    I didn't want to read this book but i am glad i did!

    I didn't want to read this book but i ended up loving it. I would recommend this to girls who aren't big enough to be called adults but not small enough to be called children. I would also read this book if your somewhat lost in life, thinking it is over. Thats was i thought when i started reading this book but my the time i got to the last page i realized my life isn't over, it's just beginning. If you get the chance to read this book then read it, because i promise you will not regret it.

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    Posted May 6, 2005

    The shining Moon

    The book was ok i still think the ending needed tweeking with anne and zachary

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