Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

by Madeleine L'Engle

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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: 245,373
File size: 301 KB
Age Range: 12 - 16 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.


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

Education:

Smith College, 1941

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Troubling a Star 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 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.
mseymou1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Troubling a Star is one of my all-time favorite books. In this novel, Vicky Austin, beloved heroine of many of L'Engle's novels, goes on a cruise to Antarctica, and gets wrapped up in political intrigue along the way. The book does a fantastic job of weaving the story of Vicky's personal struggles as a teenage girl and the political situation she has stumbled into.
liahna89 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
By far my favourite of the Austin novels. The book contiues in the sligltly bizzare vein of the rest of Madeliene L'Engle's books. The reader must understand and take for granted that the books do not occur in any set time period, so the setting sometimes seems to take place in the future and sometimes in the past, (such is the charm of Madeline L'Engle's novels. In the story Vicky Austin goes on the trip of a lifetime to Antartica where she becomes entangled in an international mystery that involes both her and her friend, Adam, as well as several other passangers on the journey. Written in the early 90's the plot contains references to early enviormentalism and the breakdown of the Soviet Union. I would reccomend to anyone who has enjoyed Madeline L'Engle books in the past.
Periodista on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A Wrinkle in Time it ain't. It's part of a series, so maybe it doesn't matter, especially if the reader is young enough--probably no more than 12. The protagonist, Vicky, is a senior (or junior?) in high school. The book takes place in the early 1990s in Connecticut, but the curriculum would be weak tea for a girl in the 1890s. She isn't taking physics or chemistry but "science." She has already taken one year of French in New York, her brother is at Harvard, but the high school only offers first year Spanish, which she doesn't even take. (Any 4-year high school in Ct in the 1990s offered at least 3 years of Spanish and you'd better have at least 3 years of a foreign language if you're aiming higher than the nearest community college.) These complaints probably seem petty, but any reader with an older sibling is going to know this is out of whack.The adult reader will notice other things; conversations are beyond stilted, especially between the girl and her would-be boyfriend. L'Engle isn't good at characterization or nature descrptions either. I was most annoyed when the girl ended up on an iceberg in Antartica: well, what the hell does it look like? Flat? Mountains? Ice mounds? Is there wind? Do you try to walk around? Doesn't the ice and wet seep through to your bum? Which reminds me, what is she wearing anyway? Specifically. The mystery re which of several charming young-ish men might be crooks is weak too.On the plus side--this is the early 1990s, recall--the book is trying to get across basic info about global warming. I think a pre-teenager will place this novel the way we used to read Nancy Drew: it's some never-never not very specific time before the internet and mobile phones but after ...I'm not sure, actually. TV , music, bitchy schoolmates, a driver's license and clothes aren't significant at all to this girl. It's never-never teenage land.Maybe none of this matters. This could just well be the kind of YA book that doesn't grab nostalgic adults. It's a series about a family so there must be a built-in readership.
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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.