- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (2 September 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312379358
- ISBN-13: 978-0312379353
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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"With customary grace and firm control of an intricate plot, L'Engle has created another irresistible novel about familiar characters, the Austin family. Vicky, 16, narrates the climactic events with Grandfather Eaton on a New England island, where he is living his last days." --Publishers Weekly
"L'Engle has the magic storytelling gift that makes it a pleasure to lose yourself in her spell." --Newsweek
"L'Engle writes eloquently about death and life with provocative passages that linger in the thoughts of the perceptive." --Booklist, Starred Review
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.
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I loved the movie, and I loved the book- which is something rare, becaus eyou either love the book or movie.
Vicky is a teen who goes through so much, yet still keeps her center (sort of). I'm 22, and I just finished reading this book today and I couldn't put it down... L'Engle has a way of knowing exactly what teens are going through, and I could remember feeling just like Vicky when I was younger. I am definetly keeping this book and giving it to my future daughter.
Side note: I've reread this book countless times and it remains one of my all-time favorites. It never fails to brighten my mood. Great characters and a family that seems too-good-to-be-true and real at the same time.