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Author: Madeleine L'Engle Narrator: Jorjeana Marie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Austin Family Chronicles Release Date: February 19, 2019 ISBN: 9780593103142
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Book four of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

A Newbery Honor Book

"L'Engle has the magic storytelling gift that makes it a pleasure to lose yourself in her spell." -Newsweek


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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 2/13/2014

    " This was one of my favorite books years ago in my adolescence. I wanted to revisit it after coming across an old copy of "Wrinkle in Time." It was as good, if not better, than I remembered! As I was reading it I was thinking about what I must have thought in my younger years reading it. I don't think I understood the profound impact this would have on me. Reading it now, I could relate more to the main character, Vicky Austin. L'Engle is a brilliant writer. This doesn't read like a typical YA book. This book has depth. I like to think that because of this book, L'Engle was my first true inspiration and the beginning of my love of reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/11/2014

    " I love this book! L'Engle is amazing, and her themes provoke thought and emotion. I wish I could write with the same eloquence and depth that she writes with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/8/2014

    " Re-reading the Austin Family series has been wonderful. L'Engle is masterfully insightful and brilliant at getting inside the heads of her characters. Reading one of her books makes me fall in love with humanity again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nytetyger | 2/4/2014

    " When I was a teenager, I adored this book-- as I got older, I have certain reservations about it, but I still love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/26/2014

    " One of my favorite from when I was a teen girl, trying to figure life out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gretchen | 1/22/2014

    " This was probably my #1 favorite book between the years of 1999, when I unearthed it in my school library, and, um, what year is it now? I'll love it forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 1/9/2014

    " This is a really cool tale. It's fantasy and myth and imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celeste | 12/31/2013

    " This is one of my favorite books; not a long read, per its classification of Juv. Lit, but it is one of my favorite reads in growing up. Madeline L'Engle is one of my favorite authors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 12/16/2013

    " My favorite book in the whole world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmine | 12/12/2013

    " My favourite Madeleine L'Engle book. Just wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/8/2013

    " I like to reread this when I'm sick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 12/2/2013

    " 2.5 stars. I would have enjoyed it more when I was much younger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 11/25/2013

    " I read this book in middle school. It is the first book I remember having an extreme emotional reaction to. The end literally stunned me, although the author doesn't leave you in the dark that it will end the way it does. Very good for YA or adult readers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefanie | 11/25/2013

    " OK, so I want to swim with the dolphins. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 11/13/2013

    " This was written for a little bit of a younger crowd than the Time series, but I loved L'Engle's use of the theme of death and what the characters had to say about it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 11/7/2013

    " I have to rate this as my twelve-year-old self would... I loved the dolphins, the telepathy, and was young enough to not mind the theology tucked in here and there! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Regina | 10/24/2013

    " I love this book so much, I've read it over and over again since I was a teenager. It has a very powerful message about preparing/coping with the death of a loved one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 10/17/2013

    " Wow! What can I say? The insight...the power... (Not to mention the romance, which I love... :D) A MUST READ!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 10/6/2013

    " I read this book when I was 12 and LOVED it. Not sure how I would feel about it now, but I might still have it tucked away somewhere :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/29/2013

    " Easily one of my favourite books of all time. I think I first read it when I was about 14 or so. Maybe younger so I'm not sure what the adult opinion of it is but I've loved ever since I was young and continue to read it now and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pilar | 6/12/2013

    " I read this book for the first time when I was about 15 or so. It's excellent, I still go back and read it every few years. Great book with a great and enduring message about life and death and the hope that comes with both. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookie | 5/27/2013

    " Oh how I wish I had read the other books in the series before I read this one. Not because I couldn't understand the storyline, but because I forgot how much I enjoy L'Engle's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clara | 9/25/2012

    " This book is amazing, my favorite ever! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 3/23/2012

    " This was one of my very favorite books when I was a teenager. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 3/3/2012

    " Bittersweet heart-poetry... Its movie was a travesty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 2/21/2012

    " This is in the Austin series. It is a great book. They are at their grandfather's house who lives by the sea. Main themes of death and dolphins. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 1/6/2012

    " I think I have officially given up on this one. I tried it for a couple chapters but it was just a little Judy Blume for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 9/23/2011

    " I this this is the only book I've ever read more than once. I looooved this book when I was younger. I should read it again, in fact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 5/16/2011

    " Deep and intellectual for a teenage book. Strong female main character. Questions about religion, life and death, life's purpose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookie | 5/12/2011

    " Oh how I wish I had read the other books in the series before I read this one. Not because I couldn't understand the storyline, but because I forgot how much I enjoy L'Engle's writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Can't go wrong with summer and dolphins. I want be Vicky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 5/10/2011

    " Easily one of my favourite books of all time. I think I first read it when I was about 14 or so. Maybe younger so I'm not sure what the adult opinion of it is but I've loved ever since I was young and continue to read it now and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/12/2011

    " I must have read this book a dozen times as a teen. I guess my dream was to be able to communicate with dolphins and have 3 hot guys like me at once! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsey | 4/4/2011

    " This was my favorite L'Engle book yet (and I've read six of hers), even including A Wrinkle in Time. Vicky reminds me so much of myself. This book, specifically the last half or maybe the last third, was one of the most powerful pieces of fiction I've ever read.

    I really enjoyed this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 4/1/2011

    " Loved it when I was in middle school, re-read it recently and found that it wasn't as wonderful as I remembered it. I think I just outgrew it. I look forward to reading it to my kids some day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 1/30/2011

    " This was my favorite book when I was a tween (probably contributed to my long-held belief that I could telepathically communicate with dolphins . . . tried it, doesn't work!!!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sissy | 1/26/2011

    " This book is AMAZING! I am pretty sure it is my all time favorite book I have ever read. It is very sappy enchanting. I could read it over and over and never get tired of it. I request this to everyone!!! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlynne | 1/22/2011

    " I read this book back in 2001 or 2002, and thought it was really good. Kind of sad though. "

About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007) was born in New York City and attended Smith College. She wrote more than 60 books, the most famous of which is A Wrinkle In Time (1962), winner of the Newbery Award in 1963. She also wrote the famous series featuring the Austin family, beginning with the novel Meet The Austins (1960). L'Engle revisited the Austins four more times over the next three decades, concluding with Troubling a Star in 1994. The story of the Austins had some autobiographical elements, mirroring Madeleine's life and the life of her family.

About the Narrator

Jorjeana Marie has worked extensively as an actress, comedian, writer, and audiobook narrator. Her narrations have earned her several Earphones Awards. She has performed in hundreds of commercials and starred in the pilot Listen to Grandpa, Andy Ling with Elliott Gould. She is a stand-up comic who has opened for Richard Lewis, Louie Anderson, and Kathleen Madigan. Her video game credits include Final Fantasy, Crackdown 2, and Star Guardians. She loves reading so much it gets her into trouble.