Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5

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By Madeleine L'Engle
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Troubling a Star: The Austin Family Chronicles, Book 5
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After a year in New York City and a summer with her grandfather, Vicky Austin returns to the rural connecticut village she grew up in and feels totally out of place. then she meets Adam Eddingtons Greataunt serena, who reminds her of her beloved grandfather, and she begins to find a comfortable, if not exciting, routine to her days. At Christmas, Serena gives Vicky a trip to Antarctica, to visit Adam. Vicky cant believe her luck.But the trip is not what Vicky imagined it would be. First of all, she doesnt know where she stands with Adam. Hes pulled back, saying they are just friends. But werent they more than that, Vicky thinks. And Vickys fellow passengers are not what they seem or they are more than she knows. Finally, even Aunt Serenas motives are suspect, as Vicky discovers a journal that belonged to Adams famous uncle who disappeared many years earlier.As Vicky becomes more and more caught up in a mystery involving drugs, nuclear waste, and international espionage, she discovers that her assumptions about the world are hopelessly naive and that life, hers included, is as fragile as the ecosystem of Antarctica, the worlds most remote continent.

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77595 words77,595 words
304 pages304 pages
Lexile 850LLexile 850L
Grade 7 to 11Grade 7 to 11
Age 12-16Age 12-16
Published 1994Published 1994

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