Camilla (Camilla Dickinson Series #1)

Camilla (Camilla Dickinson Series #1)

by Madeleine L'Engle
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Camilla (Camilla Dickinson Series #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

Experience this story of first love by A Wrinkle in Time author Madeleine L'Engle. This classic novel is now a major motion picture, Camilla Dickinson.

Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered life on the Upper East Side with her architect father and stunningly beautiful mother. But this winter the security she has always known has vanished, because her parents' marriage is coming apart - and Camilla is caught in the middle. She finds a way to escape her troubles when she meets Frank, her best friend's brother, who is someone she can really talk to about life, death, God, and her dream of becoming an astronomer. When Frank introduces her to the important people in his life, who are so different from anyone she has met before, he opens her eyes to worlds beyond her own, almost as if he were a telescope helping her to see the stars.

This novel, one of the author's earliest, is the story of a girl who, with the help of her first love, leaves childhood behind and enters adulthood with a newfound sense of self and inner strength.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312561321
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Series: Camilla Dickinson Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,274,735
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

January 12, 1918

Date of Death:

September 6, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, NY

Place of Death:

Litchfield, CT


Smith College, 1941

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Camilla 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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can't wait to see this into a movie! great book and the characters are so realistic
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I own most of Madeleine L'Engle's books, and this is by far my least favorite. It seems a little too plot-lacking to me, and the ending makes it seem very unfinished, like L'Engle just got tired of writing it and wanted to get done with it real quick. From the author of many of my favorite books, this is a huge disappointment for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Camilla is a wonderful book. It seems so realistic. She falls in love with Frank, her best friend's brother. At first she doesn't want to admit she does but later on she admits it. The thing is is that Frank has different personalities. One time he's nice and all but the next he's angry. i really like this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful1 I have read almost all of madeline L'Engle's book and they are dreat for any age! Warning page turner alert!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love any L'Engle book I read. I am an aspiring author. If I could ever write anything close to what L'Engle does... her characters are so real you tend to live their lives, get mad at the 'bad' people, I even remember crying when someone dies (I'm not telling who) in A Live Coal in the Sea (which is also about Camilla--a very good book but tends to be soap-operaish in a good way...) This book brought me closer to who I really am. Unfortunately I let my friend borrow it and I'm very much missing it (it should not take more than 5 months to read it i would think!!!! Janay i want my 'camilla' back!!!... Well if you want to read a great book about growing up L'Engle's Camilla is just the ticket!!! (If anyone who is a L'Engle book lover and wants to chat send me an email or IM me at GldCmpsGrl)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Camilla is the story of a teenage girl caught up in a mature romance, friendship struggles, and parental problems all at once. It is a wonderful book that is easily understood yet entertaining at the same time. While reading it the pages seemed to fly by and I honestly couldn¿t put it down. I would recommend this book to anyone around the ages of 14 to 18 who can relate to the love story between the two teenagers and can learn valuable lessons about independence. Madeline L'Engle is great with her words and makes you feel as though you are the character telling the story. If you haven't read the book yet, here is a quick outline/summary............ Luisa and Camilla are the best of friends. Camilla seems content with her life until she meets Luisa¿s older brother, Frank. One night when Luisa isn¿t home, Camilla and Frank go to a movie together. After the successful night, they see each other more often and their relationship turns into love. Luisa doesn¿t approve of the new relationship and seems to get jealous of Camilla and Frank. As Camilla discovers the affair going on between her mother and another man, she needs Frank and Luisa more than ever. The girl doesn¿t feel anything for her parents anymore and doesn¿t want to be involved with them. Her mother tries to kill herself out of guilt from the tribulations she has put upon her family. Her parents resolve their problem by deciding to move to Italy and send Camilla to a boarding school. Coincidentally, Frank learns that his family is going to move away as well. However, Frank moves without notifying Camilla and she becomes very distraught. The book leaves you wondering if the two communicate after the moves or if they simply go on with their own lives.