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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: 9780593103104
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Book two 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.

"Everyone who remembers Meet the Austins as a delightful family story will want to read . . . this wise, beautifully written novel." -Chicago Tribune


As if simply being fourteen-years-old weren't bad enough-what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin's always comforting and reliable home life is changing completely. Her brother John is going off to college in the fall. Maggy, an orphan taken in by the Austins two years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And the rest of Vicky's family is moving from their quiet house in the country to the heart of New York City.

But before the big move, the entire Austin family is taking a meandering trip across the country in their station wagon, stopping to camp along the way, with no set schedule and not a single night of camping experience among them.

Wild animal attacks. Life-threatening natural disasters. Cute boys on the prowl. Anything can happen in the great outdoors. 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 Elyssa | 2/9/2014

    " I vividly remember this book even though I last read it 25+ years ago. As a young reader, I liked being on the cross-country road trip with Vicky Austin and her family and will never forget the two very different boys she meets and how they rival for her affections. These books had a depth that very few books for adolescent girls had at the time (and possibly today). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 2/6/2014

    " THis book was also really good and cute. THis is a really good author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brooke | 1/18/2014

    " Great writing. Good plot, and full of science and music and close family. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 1/17/2014

    " Made me want to go on a cross-country camping trip! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/11/2014

    " This was ok. I've decided to read all the novels in the Austin family series because I loved A Ring of Endless Light so much as a teenager. I would have liked this better as a teenager too, but now I just rolled my eyes through a lot of it. Zachary was SO unappealing and the writing wasn't great. I really want to travel across the US with the kids some day, so I thought I might like that aspect of it, but no, that was just the backdrop for the rest of the story. Not really worth reading, except to get more background on the characters in A Ring of Endless Light. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/6/2014

    " This is the second book in the series. Love love love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lennox | 12/25/2013

    " Why I want to see British Columbia and road trip round the States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 12/12/2013

    " A little more exciting than Meet the Austins. I'm glad I didn't read this as a young girl; it would have raised unrealistic expectations for romance on family camping trips. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/10/2013

    " In high school I read every book by L'Engle I could get my hands on. I've reread some of the since and still love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 HanaJun | 11/26/2013

    " I like how the author writes from the perspective of a fourteen-year old girl, but at times, she can be so spot on that her words drift into chatter. Anyway, the lesson learned is finding and testing your identity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/21/2013

    " Several common motifs in this book mirror the Wrinkle in Time series- awkward girl maturing around more confident siblings, Cold War threats, Christian good/evil choices in conduct, the all-wise parents. It's a nice book, but lacks the fantastic that makes the morals so much easier to swallow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaitlyn | 11/20/2013

    " I read A Ring of Endless Light a long time ago, before I knew it was the fourth book in a series. It was nice to finally read The Moon by Night and get to see Vicky's relationship with Zachary Gray beginning. I've been so curious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/15/2013

    " I want to read the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenn | 11/18/2012

    " I didn't like this as much as the first - I don't think it was the "teenageryness" of Vicky as I thought that was really well handled. I think the setting was the problem - hopefully the next will be better, since they'll be in one place...though a new place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 D | 10/11/2012

    " L'Engle affectionately explores the awkward, pained teens who don't hear let alone follow the beat of the drummer everyone else seems to be dancing to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 5/28/2012

    " friendship and love make uneasy bed fellows "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 11/8/2011

    " I want to like this series SO MUCH more than I do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 7/6/2011

    " And suddenly my happy family novel transformed itself into teen angst. "Her parents call it Vicky's 'difficult year'" is right. I mean, still fun thanks to the time period and the camping stuff, but also fading a bit into any typical "the trouble with love is" novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 5/15/2011

    " the preachest of the austins, i think. i like them better after their new york year. plus, i hate zachary gray and don't understand why the heroines always find him so charming. but i havent read it in forever, and it was a nice missing link. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eireanne | 4/22/2011

    " There were parts of this book that I wanted to jot down to remind myself about later, but I didn't have a pen handy, and didn't stop to note the pages, so I might have to re-read this one day. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 4/9/2011

    " I love L'Engle but couldn't get into this one. I had to give up (for now at least) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 3/29/2011

    " Fantastic book by one of my favorite authors of a girl's coming-of-age during a family camping trip. I love L'Engle's thought- provoking writing. She is amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/24/2011

    " So, I have two and a half chapters left of this one. I set it down in the staff lounge at work and forgot it. It was gone when I came back. I hope someone took it back to the library for me. Or at least didn't shelve in the medical library I work in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy | 3/21/2011

    " What a fun read! Made me want to take another cross country road trip. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yasmin | 3/18/2011

    " I think given the choice between bookish female L'Engle protagonists, I'll probably pick Meg Murray every time. But I remember enjoying the Austin books as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/29/2010

    " Not a bad book, but probably can't be appreciated as well after a certain age. Personally, I am too much of a realist and cynical to believe in all this pureness and innocence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abby | 4/27/2010

    " I love L'Engle but couldn't get into this one. I had to give up (for now at least) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/17/2010

    " I wasn't sure at first that I was going to like this one as much as the first book. But by the end I loved it. I really enjoy her writing and the fact that 'coming of age' for her characters involves a growing understanding of God. 3 1/2 stars! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jayme | 3/4/2010

    " A nostalgia read from my childhood. Although it was good, the first book will always be the favourite. Still, it was fun to revisit these characters. Parts of the book are so profound and well-written (and other parts are very awkward, but that makes sense for a teenage protagonist, I guess!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 12/11/2009

    " In high school I read every book by L'Engle I could get my hands on. I've reread some of the since and still love them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlinleah | 9/22/2009

    " the preachest of the austins, i think. i like them better after their new york year. plus, i hate zachary gray and don't understand why the heroines always find him so charming. but i havent read it in forever, and it was a nice missing link. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eireanne | 7/11/2009

    " There were parts of this book that I wanted to jot down to remind myself about later, but I didn't have a pen handy, and didn't stop to note the pages, so I might have to re-read this one day. "

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.