Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles

Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles

by Madeleine L'Engle

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ISBN-13: 9781466814141
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Austin Family , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 326,894
File size: 239 KB
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

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.

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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Meet the Austins 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I greatly recomend it.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a good example of realistic fiction. The characters and their interactions are very real and the circumstances (Maggy's parents dying) are unfortunately real.. L'Engle even said that the characters are based on her own family. Media: N/A
krizia_lazaro on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A very easy read, you can read this in a day. It is an excellent book for children but not so suited for adults. It did not impact me the same way as the "Wrinkle in Time" series. I think L'Engle is better suited in writing science fiction/fantasy book. I felt like I was reading a diary of my sister. I did not enjoy it that much but I'm still looking forward to the next book.
Sakerfalcon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Meet the Austins is the first of Madeleine L'Engle's Austin family series (as the title implies!) We are introduced to a close-knit, lively household of parents, aunts and uncles, children, dogs and cats, and follow them as they deal with bereavement, the adoption of an orphan, bullying, and a traumatic bicyle accident. I'm not sure the deep thoughtfulness of the children, particularly John and Vicky, is realistic of children at their age, but regardless, they are engaging characters, full of questions, hopes, dreams and fears. Despite the troubles faced by the family, this is a warm, optimistic book, with love and tolerance at its heart. The edition published by Square Fish contains the chapter "The Anti-Muffins", which was omitted by the publishers in all previous paperback editions. (It was published separately by a private press.)
rvolenti on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I want to be a member of the Austin family. I'm not sure why I love these books as much as I do.
StephJoan on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I LOVED this book. I read the 24 days before Christmas to my kids and they and I really liked it. We were so excited to find another book about the characters that we had grown to love. I read this book to my girls when they were pretty young, and there were times when I felt surprised that they liked it so much because there was a serious, slower element to it, but the characters were so well developed that we simply enjoyed spending time with them.
mandochild on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book is essentially an idealisation of parenthood and of family, though I hadn't fully realised that the last time I read it. While I enjoyed it from the beginning, at first I was very much afraid that the magic was missing this time, as it was from the Murry family books. But the further I read, the more I found myself wrapped and engulfed in the language, and the magic was all around me. Perhaps it wasn't all inside me as once it would have been, but it was there.I was reminded strongly in this book that it was Madeleine L'Engle who first helped me to put into words my feelings about nature. If I have any doubts about the nature and existence of God, they relate to Nature. I can live with illness and disability, and even with deliberate violence. What I find very, very hard to understand is the fact that life feeds off life. There is no survival unless it be at the expense of something else. Nature is essentially ugly in this fundamental sense. I remember reading once that as soon as something has a mouth and needs, it cannot be termed innocent. Thus, "innocence" is a false concept. And I would have to agree.In this book, John says that we can disapprove of Nature, but we cannot give up on living. I found that to be an interesting statement, given the religious basis of the L'Engle books. Disapprove of Nature? But Nature is God (part thereof, anyway). And I really struggle with that - how is it that God doesn't just give us free will, but makes it absolutely impossible for us to live, except by violence? I so wish I could ask Madeleine L'Engle - I know I would love her answer.
cory123 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This is an a great book but its bad that they have to go through so much of a struggle with there family.
craftylibrarian on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book introduces the Austin family. It is perhaps weaker and simpler than the later books in the series, but still a good read.
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