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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)
Vicky Austin is filled with strong feelings as she stands near Commander Rodney's grave while her grandfather, who himself is dying of cancer, recites the funeral service. Watching his condition deteriorate as the summer passes on beautiful Seven Bay Island is almost more than Vicky can bear. To complicate things, she finds herself the center of attention for three very different boys: Leo is an old friend wanting comfort and longing for romance; Zachary, whose attempted suicide inadvertently caused the Commander's death, is attractive and sophisticated but desperately troubled; and Adam, her older brother's friend, offers her a wonderful chance to assist in his experiments with dophins but treats her as a young girl just when she's ready to feel most grown-up.
Called upon to be dependable, stable, and wise, Vicky is exhilarated but often overwhemed. Forces of darkness and light, tragedy and joy, hover about her, and at times she doesn't know whcih will prevail. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Fantastic book!Good luke!Gallery!
Ring of white light!
As if there is no response.
For those retired from the Earth.
And again in the water settled. Read more
To be honest, no book has made me angrier than this one. I couldn't even sit down to write a proper review, I was so upset. Read morePublished 4 months ago by WriterGRL
There aren't many books like this--ones with the perfect amounts of everything you need. Although it's not as suspenseful of Troubling a Star and far less adventurous than A... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ching-yi Hu
Madeline L'engle is beyond reproach. Her stack of books for Young Adults is a staple in the literary parent's arsenal of intelloigence.Published 4 months ago by Frederic W. Silsby
In this novel, two characters from past Austin novels are reintroduced. Three boys are fighting for Vicky's affection through their different attempts at love, and are all in some... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Read this book over and over in high school and it was just as good 25 years later. Love this book.Published 6 months ago by cat123