A Ring of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light 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 pas

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 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 reckAfter 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 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.

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A Ring of Endless Light

  1. Madeleine L Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades not the best However, she was not discouraged.At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write She published her first two novels during these years A Small Rain and Ilsa before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov s The Cherry Orchard They married during The Joyous Season.She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with cows than people They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career The family has kept the country house, Crosswicks, and continues to spend summers there.As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, where she has been the librarian and maintained an office for than thirty years After Hugh s death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going She has now lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and has written over 60 books and keeps writing She enjoys being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren uscmillan author madeleCopyright 2007 Crosswicks, Ltd Madeleine L Engle, President

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  1. 4.5 stars Re read for our readalong discussion on Friday 4 24 My favorite L Engle book ever, about the formative summer when Vicky Austin s grandfather is dying and she meets a young marine biology student who teaches her to swim with dolphins I m not sure any other YA author has ever come close to L Engle s complex and intelligent story telling with the Austin family, which is secure in its wisdom that everyday life is dramatic enough without having to invent other worldly plot devices Well, ex [...]

  2. I first read this book as an early teen I can see now, reading it as an adult, that having read this book along with all Madeleine L Engle s other books at twelve and thirteen clearly had a profound impact on my world view L Engle s writing has a depth and profundity that draws on emotions of which most writers only attempt to scratch the surface.I think all developing adolescents should read this book and all its accompanying ones, if only to see that there is out there than either complete su [...]

  3. Battle is over for this book, at any rate Before anyone starts throwing stones or even worse missiles, I have to point out that this is not a review, but rather a response Further, I read this book at the wrong time Which is NOT code for saying that it s an immature book you could only love if you read it as a child But really, rather than desiring to avoid abuse, I hate to say why a book that is an abiding favourite for so many friends is one that really didn t work for me As a child myself, I [...]

  4. I read this book in fifth grade, and I loved it so much I bought it earlier this spring at Borders I think it was on sale because it s newbery honor sticker is the wrong color , though I just picked it up.Vicky Austin goes to her grandfather s house on Seven Bay Island Each day, her grandfather only seems to grow weaker from Leukemia The book begins with the Austin s family friend Commander Rodney s funeral There, she meets her older brother s friend Adam, who she thinks she likes She works with [...]

  5. This is all about dolphins, adolescent life, death and regeneration of limbs in dolphins and the possibilities on human.Though the narrative was okay,the character descriptions was alright and the story line is some how muddied but I will give this book 2 stars.

  6. Upon re read still one of the best books ever mini review as a follow up to the read along A Ring of Endless Light is one of my all time favorite books I first read it many years ago and when I got the opportunity to re read it, I was terrified I worried that even though I had loved this book so many years ago, I wouldn t feel the same way years later I was wrong I feel like I need to bang my head on a wall for ever underestimating this book but there it is This is one of the best books I ve eve [...]

  7. In my youth I was on a L engle tear having gone through the Time seriesever I didn t get the memo that L engle s writing ministry developed into one catered towards guiding pre adolescent females through their awkward years.Needless to say, I caught on when I realized that the books really weren t speaking to me like the others wered I quietly returned this one back to the library and saw that I was the only dude to read the book for the past decadeA good read nonetheless

  8. Loved this one I can see why so many women say this was their favorite while growing up Nice to see Vicky coming into her own These books take me back to my own adolescence I don t miss it but it s nice to visit.

  9. Vicky Austin s summer is filled with joy and heartbreak Her family has come to the Island to stay with her grandfather, who s dying of leukemia She has three boys vying for her affections, each of whom has his own demons, all of whom look to Vicky for a kind of salvation She s trying to find her place in the world at a time when the support of her family isn t what it used to be, not because they ve changed, but because she has And she is introduced to three dolphins with whom she has an unusual [...]

  10. A Ring of Endless Light takes what could be a beautiful, poignant book with the most saintly of grandfathers and a reverence for the poetic soul, dries it out, overloads it with sentiment, and then beats it over the head with understanding and well wishing And that s my polite impression of it.Honestly, I don t know how anyone can like this book unless they find picture perfect, saccharine families and neat answers appealing Vicky is the most understanding and emotionally and psychologically awa [...]

  11. L Engle seems to achieve that which Stephenie Meyer is, as yet, technically unable a respectful, plausible narration of square pegs, alienated dreamers, and teens wiser than their years finding authentic connection L Engle s form is by no means flawless, but Meyer and others would do well to follow her lead and learn to show their protagonists extraordinariness, not dictate, begging us to believe.

  12. I had to read Meet the Austins and The Moon by Night, the first two Austin Family novels, in eighth grade While I didn t like Meet the Austins as it read like a juvenile fiction book, I fell in love with The Moon by Night and the book s heroine, Vicky Austin I reread the book so many times, the pages are coming out.Surprisingly, I never picked up A Ring of Endless Light until college My sister read it for school and told me that it was a fellow Vicky Austin novel and was surprised I had not yet [...]

  13. First of all, the science in A Ring of Endless Light is WAY off dolphins are vicious little bastards I laughed out loud when Vicky said that you never hear about dolphins inhumanity to dolphins Are you kidding me Someone spent too much time daydreaming about her Trapper Keeper.That being said, I still love this book Vicky is wrestling with the problem of evil, particularly in terms of death, and she s also learning about burdens and what a person should or should not ask another person to do for [...]

  14. Excerpt from my book battle review I m sorry I know a lot of people love A Ring of Endless Light And I don t want to spend 500 words talking about all the things I didn t like about it But honestly, apart from one single element Vicky called me and I came , I didn t like anything about it It was incredibly depressing, with an added layer of morality that I didn t care for And not just depressing like being a teenager is hard , but filled with an unrealistic amount of death and drama I hated Zach [...]

  15. 4.5 stars although note to my future self, never re read this if you are sad because wow, this book packs a punch I love Vicky and her family though No one does families as well as L Engle.Reviewed in depth here at the YA MG book battle

  16. I finished reading this one on my last night shift at work and holy hell, was that a bad choice If you re wondering why it was a bad choice for me to read this one at work Well, I was feeling pretty down with all the death and with Vicky s reaction to it all and did I mention all the death and accidents A real bummer to go and try to smile at my patients while I wake them at 6 am for meds and blood tests.Well, I give this one 4 stars, even if I have some serious issues with some parts of the boo [...]

  17. Departing from my formulaic L Engle review here to say this book is one of my all time favorites There s so much going on, and so much grave and serious beauty, that if there are clunky bits, I never saw them.I also never noticed, until this read, that L Engle was a fan of Saint Exup ry s flying books one of which, Wind, Sand and Stars, is one of my desert island books I think I was too caught up in the Vicky Zachary drama to notice the pilot talking at the airport.I love the last bit at the hos [...]

  18. I ve been going through a pile of books that I ve been given to see if they are worth keeping Most aren t worth commenting aboutis book on the other hand left me a bit perplexed about how well I liked it The back of the book and the first few chapters it seemed like a realistic fiction coming of age teen romance yuck in my opinion I was irritated about the 3 boys interested in the 15 year old girl And I felt that she had to make too many decisions about intimacy that I think girls of 15 shouldn [...]

  19. So this is my favorite Madeleine L Engle book of them all, and I like to reread it every summer I didn t reread in 2009, so this is the first time in two years It s a Newbery Honor book, which I didn t even realize until this year this is the first year I ve ever really looked at that medal on the cover and thought about it.Even though A Wrinkle in Time is probably the best written of her children s books, I ve always liked Vicky better, and I ve always found Adam to be the crush worthy guy The [...]

  20. I LOVE this book it is amazing i ve read this book about 5 times and i m still not sick of it s about a girl named vicky who falls for a guy named adam he doesn t really think she s all that special until he realizes she can communicate w dolphins Then it becomes a battle for her heart because 3 guys are interested in her Lessons you can learn from this book is to not take life and your friends and family for granted because no one has them forever Also, it teaches you how to figure yourself out [...]

  21. This realistic fiction book follows the life of a teenaged girl as she deals with the struggles of growing up You would like this book if you like coming of age stories The theme of A Ring of Endless Light is that life, though hard at times, is easier when family is there to help.

  22. As I picked up A Wrinkle in Time to read for the second time, I was reminded, when looking through Madeline L Engle s other titles that I had read this book tood I loved it maybe even With A Wrinkle in Time being turned into a movie I have been reminded about this beloved children s author

  23. This is one of my favorite books Has been since I was a child and continues to be so today It s beautifully written, has some strong messages, and is very relatable, especially for teenage girls of which I was one when I first started loving the book It s actually a part of a series, but is easily a stand alone book If you want background on the characters, it might be better to start with the first book though.Vicky Austin and her family have come to their grandpa s home on an island to spend [...]

  24. This is another one that really stands up to reread, I have to say view spoiler To start, can I just say You called me And I came I m also going to say that I will not be able to be objective about this book It s such formative reading for me.I am reminded of how much I adore Adam Eddington and have always hated Zachary Gray Zach with his insistence on trying to get everyone around him to shoulder his burdens and his inherent selfishness.I love Basil and Co They re pretty excellent.I haven t rea [...]

  25. Way back in middle school I tried to read A Ring of Endless Light for a book report If I recall correctly, I had become aware of the book because Disney Channel had done a movie adaptation of it, and I watched the movie and liked it, so I thought maybe I would like the book too I was wrong As the story synopsis states, Vicky s grandfather is very sick As a result of this the tone of the story at the beginning was really, really, really, really, really, really depressing Really I recall trying to [...]

  26. I missed this book growing up, preferring L Engle s adventurous fantasies It s too bad, because I m sure I would have loved it growing up I picked this lovely gem of a book up in the library last year in the kids section, during a kind of pilgrimage to my local library, where I hadn t been in over ten years I used to go there every week when I was a kid I read it in one sitting.It doesn t have the heart stopping action of A Wrinkle in Time or the fantastic settings of A Wind in the Door, but it [...]

  27. I was probably around 12 years old when I read this and I remember very well how much it appealed to my little heart.I think I might have also watched the movie and that s what drew me to the book.If I picked it up again today I would probably finish it in a few hours without batting an eyelid and that s no fun, so I ll keep my 12 year old impression of it and say it was the most magical read I d ever had.

  28. I wanted to like this I did I like most of the rest of L Engle s books, but something about this one just left me cold I only read it once also unusual for her books , but the image of the girl putting her clothes in the incinerator after the woman dies on her has stayed with me all this time.

  29. I had a hard time believing the characters, their actions, and conversations Also Vicky basicly having three boyfriends at once really bugged me.

  30. This is book 4 or 5 in a series and is meant to be read in order of the series, but without reading any of the previous books, I caught on to the characters and their stories easily Because of the quality of writing, character development and story, I would like to start at the beginning Vicky, finds herself attracting the attention of three boys, although her sister is considered the pretty one All boys are interesting very different from one another Vicky loves her elderly and sick grandfather [...]

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