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The Moon by Night (Austin Family, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1981


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1000L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (March 15, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440957761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440957768
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,897,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Austin family spends the summer on a cross-country camping trip...Vicky, now 'almost 15,' tells the story, and the reader feels a strong personal identification with the thoughts and emotions of this age group through her story." --School Library Journal
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Vicky Austin is filled with uncertainties about everything. Her parents call it Vicky's "difficult year." But fourteen-year-old Vicky is not so consumed with her problems that she can't enjoy the exciting adventures of her family's summer cross-country camping trip.

In the course of their travels Vicky meets Zachary, an intriguing but troubled boy who latches on to Vicky. And still another boy, Andy, altogether different from Zachary, soon becomes his rival.

Far from the comfort and security that the family has always known, and in spite of the trials they encounter on the road, the Austins enjoy each other and the sights from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back again. And for the first time Vicky feels the mixed emotions of friendship and love.


More About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle, the popular author of many books for children and adults, has interspersed her writing and teaching career with raising three children, maintaining an apartment in New York and a farmhouse of charming confusion which is called "Crosswicks."

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And I was very satisfied with her conclusions.
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This may not have been my favorite, but it was very good and an essential read for anyone who loves her work.
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I borrowed this book from the library at least once a year and enjoyed it every time.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Nina M. Osier on November 14, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Every adult-in-the-making goes through at least one "difficult year." For Vicky Austin, that year comes when she's 14. She hasn't been able to do anything right (or it seems that way to her, at least!) for months, and now her parents have decided to tear her previously secure world apart. Dr. Austin is taking a temporary research and teaching position in New York City, leaving his small-town medical practice in another doctor's hands. The Austin family's home in Thornhill, Connecticut will be occupied by that other doctor's family, and that's where their pets will remain, too. But before they move into a New York apartment, the Austins embark on a cross-country camping trip - from Atlantic (Grandfather Eaton's home on Seven Bay Island) to Pacific (Laguna Beach, California, where they visit Uncle Douglas and Aunt Elena) and back.
It's an eventful trip during which Vicky has her first taste of romance, as she meets and is followed all the way across the country by a troubled and sometimes frightening rich boy named Zachary Grey. Zach's angry, hopeless response to life (which he fears losing at any moment, thanks to a rheumatic fever damaged heart) forces Vicky to confront twin demons that are making her own life miserable, in what L'Engle sensitively yet unsentimentally presents as something more than typical teen-aged angst. Vicky is part of the first generation to grow up under the shadow of the atom bomb, becoming aware of world events and their significance at the Cold War and nuclear arms race's height (this book's copyright date is 1963). She's become old enough, during her "difficult year" of being 14, to realize that she and everyone she loves can die at any moment; and she's also become old enough to ask herself whether or not God is really there.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
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This is one of my favourite books,and I know I will never grow too old to enjoy it. I identify strongly with fourteen year old Vicky,who tells the story. She and her family are travelling around America,before they move to New York.On the way Vicky meets Zachary,a very confused and troubled boy,who almost envies her naiveity. Vicky is not sure if she likes Zach as much as he likes her, but she learns a lot from knowing him. While journeying through new places with her family, she finds out about friendship and courage, and understands more how to love people (including herself) for what they are, not what they could be. This book has helped,(and is still helping,)me to grow up.I would reccomend it to anyone as a wonderful read, and I send a big thank you to Madeline L'engle for writing it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on August 28, 2004
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I thoroughly enjoyed "Meet the Austins" and hoped "The Moon by Night" would be half as good. It was even better. I like that "Meet the Austins" gave an introduction to the family, and I found them a very nice family in deed- loving and Christian but still very believable, with realistic problems.

"The Moon by Night" takes place about two years later. Mother and Daddy have decided to move the family to New York, but to soften the blow they get there by way of a summer long cross-country camping trip.

It is on this trip we get to know Vicky Austin even better. She is fourteen now, and going through a very confusing phase. She's not sure what she believes about God, or the world outside her safe home on the hill. Complicating things even more is Vicky's relationship with Zachary, a boy who seems to show up wherever they make camp.

I could really relate to Vicky-every confusing emotion she had about Zach I felt too, as I read. I understood her questions about God, and I know I've had similiar ponderings. And I was very satisfied with her conclusions.

I would HIGHLY reccomend "The Moon By Night" to any teen looking for a good read. I would definitely suggest reading "Meet the Austins" first, though this book has enough background you can enjoy it without any previous introduction to the family.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on December 18, 2002
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At the tender age of 14-years-old, Vicky Austin is filled with uncertainty about her life. She feels out of place, and, unlike the rest of her family, she feels unsure about what she wants to make of herself when she gets older. But when her parents decide to take a cross-country camping trip, she couldn't be more exciting. On the way, for the first time ever in her life, she meets up with a boy (a gorgeous one for that matter), named Zachary, who is actually interested in her. And she's interested in him too. But as he pops up at every one of the Austin family's camping stops, the family begins becoming aggravated with the boy. Now Vicky is becoming even more confused, what with suddenly having a boy's attention on top of everything else. Will Vicky ever be able to sort out her problems, or will her "difficult year" last longer than she actually thinks.
Another excellent novel in the Austin series. Madeleine L'Engle has touched on a subject that affects people of all ages, and adds a bit of romance to liven things up. A must-read book for everyone, especially for girls ages 12-16.
Erika Sorocco
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Bridges on January 8, 2000
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The Moon by Night, written by Madeleinel L' Engle was one of the best books that I have read in a long time. This is a story of a troubled boy (Zachary) who has found interest in a very simple girl (Vicky), and both are trying to distinguish themselves. Vicky has always been overshadowed by her younger sister and older brother, and is now being followed by Zachary, who which none of her family appears to like. The Moon by Night is a lovely book about a girl growing up, and a boy trying to find himself.
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