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A Ring of Endless Light: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 4 Paperback – September 2, 2008
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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
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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.
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Complicating this already trying time for Vicky are three young men. Leo, a lifelong friend of her family, wants more from her than the companionship and sympathy she is ready to offer him. Zachary, a severely troubled and wealthy youth who was her first real boyfriend, follows her to Seven Bay Island and alternately charms and frightens her with attentions that her family would prefer she didn't accept. And Adam, her older brother John's friend from MIT, assumes an important place in her life when he discovers that Vicky's extraordinary (and unexpected, and unexplained) ability to communicate with dolphins can transform his summer project at the Island's oceanographic research station.
While Vicky's romantic and other feelings for this trio are central to the story, this is not a conventional tale of young love in which the girl's choice of suitor is the whole point. Vicky Austin is a complete person, and not about to treat romance at age 15 as the be-all and end-all of her life so far; nor as the defining influence on her future. Until now she has been something of a misfit, with her physician father and scientifically inclined older brother and younger sister tech-talking over her head.Read more ›
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... knowing that eternity is akin to a ray of endless light is one way to keep the ever present spectre of death at bay. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Dark Disciple
"Best book I ever read. My favorite forever. I love this book."
More on the Austin family, always fun and informative to read. Shouldn't these books be an Amazon video series?Published 5 months ago by Jane Peranteau
As a retired school librarian, I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have ever read, Although it is typically labelled "Young Adult", it is equally... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dannisews
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 14 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 15 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 15 months ago by Frederic W. Silsby