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The Austins are beyond question a charming family, but their path is by no means rock-free: Vicky sneaks off to a friend's house and severely injures herself in a bike accident, they all get the measles, John is beat up after his guest sermon in church, and they almost lose little Rob. Despite ordinary family setbacks, there's no use pretending this is a run-of-the-mill family. When Vicky is sick, her older brother, John, comes into her room and soothes her with a discussion of the solar system, our atomic composition, and the relativity of size. Family dinner-table talk includes the ethics of meat eating, and a chat with Grandfather ends up with a discussion of whether Einstein believed in God. As in all of L'Engle's novels, she asks the big questions: What is the meaning of life, and how does death fit into that? Are there different kinds of intelligence? What happens when you remove a screw from a radiator? This strangely comforting novel, first published in 1960, is an ALA Notable Book, and was followed by four other books featuring the Austin Family: The Moon by Night, The Young Unicorns, A Ring of Endless Light (a Newbery Honor Book), and Troubling a Star. (Ages 9 to 12) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite authors, and "A Wrinkle in Time" has been one of my most loved books since I was a child, also in the 60's.
A great read for precocious readers who are not yet mature enough for today's tween books.
I read this as a kid and my daughter is halfway through and clamoring for more. Again, L'Engle writes so engagingly.Published 16 months ago by brandigunn
At first when I started reading this book I thought it was a boring story about a seemingly perfect family and their less than extraordinary life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by readlikebreathing
Found an old copy of "Meet the Austins" in a box at my Mom's. Re-read it, and wondered why I didn't have the whole set. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
In the first book of the Austin Family series, Meet the Austins, Madeleine L'Engle beautifully wrote the book from the point of view of a twelve year old girl. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Marti
I originally downloaded this for my daughter, on the recommendation of her teacher. It went to her Kindle and I added it to my iPad using the Kindle app. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Teacher Mom
Here's the funny thing about Meet the Austins. When I read it in elementary school, I found the pace slow and so almost never discovered Madeleine L'Engle. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by NebraskaIcebergs
I would sure like to meet the Austins. Meet the Austins is about quite a big family.
Victoria Austin: The mother of 4 children who loves music and is playing records... Read more
Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite authors, and "A Wrinkle in Time" has been one of my most loved books since I was a child, also in the 60's. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by susannah
Vicky is in fact my favorite L'Engle heroine and this book gives you the beginnings of her story. Although no matter how hard she tries there is no way to make her younger sister... Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by LibKat