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Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5 [NOOK Book]

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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.

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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.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466814202
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Series: Austin Family , #5
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 177,588
  • Age range: 11 - 18 Years
  • File size: 295 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Outrageous

    I love this book so much, I couldn't put it down enough to clean the house!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2005

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2003

    great book!!!

    omg i absolutely LOVE this book!!! thrilling, capturing, and intriguing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2002

    This book is wonderful

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2001

    Highly recomended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    Prrobaly the Best Book That I have Ever Red

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2000

    *My favorite book ever*

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Brilliant YA lit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2006

    I am an 8th grader who has read a lot

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    The best!

    although it started off a little boring, this is an excellent book filled with mystery. about 200 pages

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Awesome Book!

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    So-So

    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~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Enthralling, Very Good

    Troubling a Star is not my favorite L'Engle book, but I certainly recommend it. The story opens with a lot of information about Vicky, our heroine, and her life right away, and unless you take it slowly, it can be a little confusing. I advise anyone who reads it to read Meet the Austins, The Moon By Night, and A Ring of Endless Light first to get a feel for the Austins and the type of person Vicky is. You will enjoy Troubling a Star twice as much. Vicky Austin has had a busy past year, she has spent a year in New York City where her father practiced medicine, and her summer was spent "on the Island" off the coast of Conneticut, caring for her grandfather, who has just recently died of cancer. Back home in rural Conneticut, she feels awkward and out of place, that is, until she meets her friend Adam's great-aunt Serena. Vicky feels greatly for Adam, he is probably her dearest friend, (and sometimes more) but he is off to college in California, and then to Antarctica, Eddington Point, as a marine biologist. Aunt Serena takes Vicky under her wing, therefore, and becomes her special confidant. Realizing what a special person Vicky is, and the extrodinary bond she shares with Adam, Aunt Serena presents Vicky with a trip to Antartica for her sixteenth birthday. And so our adventure begins... This is a book for people who aren't afraid to pull out the dictionary and look up a word they don't understand (in this book you will find a few)to discuss the deeper things of life, or to put to words or paper what they feel. A beautiful coming-of-age story, recommended to all girls age 15 and up.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Troubling a Star

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Like feeling yourself growing up

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2000

    Awesome Book!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2000

    Defenently A MUST!!

    Great book! Exciting, a real thriller! I just love all of the books about Vicky and Adam! Their cemestry is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Good Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    NOT BAD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 1999

    BORING!!!!

    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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