Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

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by Madeleine L'Engle
     
 

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After a year in New York City and a summer with her grandfather, Vicky Austin returns to the rural connecticut village she grew up in-- and feels totally out of place. Then she meets Adam Eddington's Great Aunt Serena, who reminds her of her beloved grandfather, and she begins to find a comfortable, if not exciting, routine to her days. At Christmas, Serena gives

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After a year in New York City and a summer with her grandfather, Vicky Austin returns to the rural connecticut village she grew up in-- and feels totally out of place. Then she meets Adam Eddington's Great Aunt Serena, who reminds her of her beloved grandfather, and she begins to find a comfortable, if not exciting, routine to her days. At Christmas, Serena gives Vicky a trip to Antarctica, to visit Adam. Vicky can't believe her luck.

But the trip is not what Vicky imagined it would be. First of all, she doesnt know where she stands with Adam. He's pulled back, saying they are just friends. But weren't they more than that, Vicky thinks. And Vicky's fellow passengers are not what they seem or they are more than she knows. Finally, even Aunt Serena's motives are suspect, as Vicky discovers a journal that belonged to Adam's famous uncle who disappeared many years earlier.

As Vicky becomes more and more caught up in a mystery involving drugs, nuclear waste, and international espionage, she discovers that her assumptions about the world are hopelessly naive and that life, hers included, is as fragile as the ecosystem of Antarctica, the world's most remote continent.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466814202
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Series:
Austin Family , #5
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
119,336
File size:
301 KB
Age Range:
12 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

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.


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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Troubling a Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much, I couldn't put it down enough to clean the house!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is tense, but lighthearted. I love a good contrast.It's got some wittiness about it,too. And I'm lovin' the Shakespeare! It's the perfect touch to this - multi-layered mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg i absolutely LOVE this book!!! thrilling, capturing, and intriguing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOOOOOVE this book and I never rate a book 5 stars except this one and A Ring of Endless Light. You MUST read this book! I never new what would happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book I ever read.I could not put it down.The plot was wonderful and exciting and I love tenagee romances.I could never guess what was going to happen next.It was done it great detial like all L'Engle's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the author is probaley the best there really is. Her stories are exciting and fun too read. I was able to jumb intot he sotry and really get into it just after a few cpages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books iv'e ever read. I couldn't put it down. L'engel really brings you into the book. You fell as if you were in it. After reading this book I now wan't to take a trip to Antarctica. Vicky is a really good charecter and alot of teenagers could relate to the emotional problems she faces in the book. I'm so glade that Vicky and Adam were a couple in the book they are so cute together. I hope for more of them and there relationship in the future. I think that everyone shuold read this book especially if you like romance and adventure.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book three stars because it is confusing, has a depressing twist, and has to much activity to follow and understand. I recommend this book for ages 12 and up who like adventure,a little romance, and are familiar with world conflicts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As always, Madeleine L'Engle manages to appeal to audiences of all ages. I read this book when I was in middle school, and now as I approach college it still is special to me. The older you get, the more you appreciate from this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book seemed very realistic. I can relate alot with the main character and how she acts about things. L'Engle did a marvelous job on the vivid details in this book. I recommend it to anyone who ever wants to live adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Exciting, a real thriller! I just love all of the books about Vicky and Adam! Their cemestry is awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I do recommend this book, even though it is not one of L'Engle's bests. If you are an L'Engle fan, such as me, you should read it. The mystery is confusing, even in the end, but the friends that Vicky Austin makes on her journey to Antarctica was put in the book well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It started out a little slow but once she got on her voyage it became a lot more interesting. It was a little fake at the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a drag!! It was obvious that 'L'Engle tried to jazz up her story with fabulous detail, but all she ended up doing was putting me to sleep. Half of the time I couldn't even follow the story because it was too easy to get lost in. To those people who're thinking of buying this waste of time, DON'T!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great twist between love and a mystrey you had to discover. The end was really shocking, but i recomend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
although it started off a little boring, this is an excellent book filled with mystery. about 200 pages
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a good conclusion to the Austin Books I've read all of them except for one, and I thoguth this one was very good. It is about a girl, Vicky Austin, who goes to Antarctica, and meets some pretty interesting people. I won't say much so you can be surprised! But I must say, it was very good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi! I'm pretty young and I love to read. Especially in the summer when I can spend hours upon hours indulged in a book. It helps me to abe stress free and not a worry wart. I thought this book was ok. I myself think Madeleine L'Engle's books are too drawn out and they don't get to the exciting part of the story very quickly. Of course you older people probably think I will like it when I'm older and that I'm to young to like detailed books right now. But WAKE UP!!! I'm not. I don't particularly like this book. I just gave it an ok rating to make the author feel good about herself if she ever went to see a review on her book. Thankyou, ~YHS~