A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family Series #4)

A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family Series #4)

by Madeleine L'Engle
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A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family Series #4) by Madeleine L'Engle

The Austin Family Chronicles continue in this Newbery Honor Book.

After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He's very sick, and watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate matters, she finds herself as the center of attention for three very different boys.

Zachary Grey, the troubled and reckless boy Vicky met last summer, wants her all to himself as he grieves the loss of his mother. Leo Rodney has been just a friend for years, but the tragic loss of his father causes him to turn to Vicky for comfort—and romance. And then there's Adam Eddington. Adam is only asking Vicky to help with his research on dolphins. But Adam—and the dolphins—may just be what Vicky needs to get through this heartbreaking summer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312379353
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Series: Austin Family Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 116,732
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 11 - 17 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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hylas_sanders More than 1 year ago
This is not Lengle's most ambitious work; however, it is her most skilled and thoughtful novel. The author successfully sidesteps the book's silly premise with grace that we find occasionally in poetry. And indeed, the novel is interspersed with poetry and song and deals with its most studied topics: the balance of love and death. However, L'Engle is never sympathetic or condescending to her characters. Vicky is as confused a young girl as I've seen, budding as a young poet and forced to become an anchor as the people around her slowly fall to pieces. Leo, Adam, and Zachary are thoroughly human creations, and I always enjoy the musings of Grandfather Eaton. What I particularly enjoyed about 'A Ring of Endless Light' was the depth of storytelling. Never have I found a book so involving and influential. And rarely am I so moved. As with poetry, the book strove to connect with something so human and yet beyond that of human thought and understanding, and it triumphed. The plot is sparse and full of open space where the reader may stretch out his or imagination. Frankly, I was unable to foresee the end since every page kept gently tugging me away from natural plot development and into a real world. What I can tell you about L'Engle is that she loves her characters, not in the cheap melodrama of popular film, but with a harsh empathetic kind of love. I can imagine her cringing every time she puts Vicky through a painful experience and laughing when Vicky encounters joy. The point is: this story identifies with everyone. Yes, teenage girls will identify with Vicky, but L'engle offers more than romance and sparkle. She offers something very true and very close to the heart, and I hope you will find this book as enjoyable as I have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book shows how even in the messed up world some people are good. It also shows how a family deals with the good and bad well they grow stronger together. It shows how when you are between adolescence and adulthood many struggle. Most are confused at this time but they find each person finds their own ways to live life. It is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a dolphin lover, i was immediatley attracted to the book. and im so glad i judged this one by its cover! vicky was such an amazing main character, and adam was to die for! i hope you give this book a achance, for it truly is amazing, and it reveals life for what it truly is a roller coaster ride!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book ever of all time. It's poetic yet straightforward at the same time. The characters are a bit unrealistic, but pure and honest at the same time. I highly reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A powerful novel concerning life and death, becoming an adult, learning to love unconditonally, uncertainty of the future, and understanding pain. Madeleine L'Engle covers such topics with an elegance and understanding that reaches into the roots of the heart. Regardless of the obvious lie that is fiction, it is a dramatic representation of what everyone goes through in life. By the choices of characters like Vicky, Zachary, Leo, Adam, Jeb, and all the others, we can see how important our own everyday decisions are. I saw myself in each character making those decisions in my own life. A masterful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! It has everything a book should have. Such as Intrique, adventure, and of course, ROMANCE! Vicky was easy to relate to in many ways. Especially because i think every teenage girl falls hard for an older boy at least once! Romance, though, was not the only thing that made this great. Vicky's relationship with dolphins was so cool and just fascinating! This book was great and remains one of my favorites! You wont be disappointed!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books...I highly recommend it if you like stories about how we teens find our purpose in this life and finally mature...it's also a great love story :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a great book because Vicky Austin has managed to capture the hearts of 3, very different boys. She befriends 3 dolphins and learns so much about them, that she realizes to find her mature self in them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel will bring you light. I disagree with those who say that this story is unrealistic. Yes, the interaction with the dolphins may be unrealistic. But, the deeper issues are so very real and hold so much truth, that everything else is surpassed. The novel deals with the most important questions of life: What does it mean to be alive? to feel? How do you come to know yourself? I just re-read this book as an adult and found it to be poignant and profoundly beautiful, perhaps in part because it is so intensely personal for me at this point in my life. I certainly relate to and deeply feel Vicky's pain and hurt as well as her joy. I understand feeling pulled down by the darkness and being brought to the light. In short, I find this book absolutely remarkable for the truth, beauty, love, and light that it reflects. Again, L'Engle is incredible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is outstanding. especially if you like romance, like me, Vicky finds herself in the circle of love and death. between a boy with problems, a long time friend and another guy who thinks she is way too young for him she learns to deal with both and she discovers a great gift. i love this book and it definetly made me feel fluttery and it lifted my spirits. very good and recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Madeleine L'Engle has done it again with this amazing story. She focuses on the important issues that most authors are inclined to steer clear of. I loved her perceptions that the good in the world is the ring of endless light that surrounds the black hole of darkness and that there will always be light, hope, no matter what happens. This book was so touching because it spoke to me and comforted me. I loved this book and will always remember the counsel it has given to me throughout it's pages. Read it. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this book was on a four-hour airplane flight, and I just couldn't put it down!When we had to get off, I kept it in hand. The begining sort-of dragged on, but once you met the three boys who change Vicky's life in this book- Zachary, Leo, and Adam- it is really interesting. It has a lot about marine biology, and the sience of life and death. DEFINETLY DESERVES THE NEWBERY!!!!! :)(:
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is one of my favorite books. Madeleine L'Engle is great writer.when I read this book I felt like I was reading a story written especially for me if you don't Read this book you are depiving yourself of a new and better outlook on life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good, but more meant for deeper minds and minds more willing to think about the things in life people are afraid to think about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ask these questions to a friend and see how much yall have in common. One what is your fav color? Two who do u like in the school or not? Three who is your boy friend? Four what would u rather do? Go to a movie or gt a youtube channel?Five am i your bestfriend? If you read this and answered them with a friend respon to firelady and tell me how it worked. Btw i can relate to percy jackson cause i am really a demi god im am the daughter of posidon percy's sister his only sister.
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Very good book!!!!!!!!!!
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L'Engle did a great job bringing the characters to life. Vicky was a wonderful character. Vicky's journey of self discovery was realistic. Her relationship with her grandfather was so real. L'Engle did a great job. It wasn't a good book, it was a great book!
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