#4: A Ring of Endless Light   -     By: Madeleine L'Engle
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MacMillan / 2008 / Paperback

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After one chaotic year in New York City, the Austin's decide to get away for the summer. They are spending the summer on an island where their grandfather lives. He is very sick, and it's more than Vicky can bear watching him get worse and worse as the summer progresses. To make matters worse, she finds herself being the center of attention to 3 different boys.

Vicky met Zachary Grey last summer. A troublesome boy who has just lost his mother wants all of Vicky's attention. Leo Rodney a friend for years, but the tragic loss of his father leaves him turning to Vicky for comfort and maybe romance? And last but not least Adam Eddington, who is only asking Vicky for help with his research project on dolphins. Dolphins and Adam are just what Vicky may need in order to get through this heart wrenching summer. Recommended for ages 11 and up. A 1981 Newbery Honor Book.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: MacMillan
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 7.60 X 5.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0312379358
ISBN-13: 9780312379353
Availability: In Stock
Series: Austin Family Chronicles

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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

“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

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