A Ring of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light

Book - 1980
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In this award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L'Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time , Vicky Austin experiences the difficulties and joys of growing up.

"This wasn't the first tie that I'd come close to death, but it was the first time I'd been involved in this part of it, this strange, terrible saying goodbye to someone you've loved."

These are Vicky Austin's thoughts as she stands near Commander Rodney's grave while her grandfather, who himself is dying of cancer, recites the funeral service.

Watching his condition deteriorate over that long summer is almost more than she can bear. Then, in the midst of her struggle, she finds herself the center of attention for three young men. Leo, Commander Rodney's son, turns to her as an old friend seeki comfort but longing for romance. Zachary, whose attempted suicide inadvertently cauesd Commander Rodney's death, sees her as the one sane and normal person who can give some meaning ot his life. And Adam, a serious young student working at the nearby marine-biology station, discovers Vicky, his friend's little sister, incipient telepathic powers that can help him with his experiments in dolphin communications.

Vicky finds solace and brief moments of peace in her poetry, but life goes on around her, and the strain intensifies as she confromts matters of love and of death, of dependence and of responsibility, universal concerns that we all must face. The inevitable crisis comes and Vicky must rely on openness, sensitivity, and the love of others to overcome her private grief.

Once again, Madeleine L'Engle has written a story that reveals in the drama of vividly portrayed characters and events the spiritual and moral dimensions of common human experiences.

A Ring of Endless Light is a 1981 Newbery Honor Book.

The Austin Family Chronicles
Meet the Austins (Volume 1)
The Moon by Night (Volume 2)
The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)
A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!
Troubling a Star (Volume 5)

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1980.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780374362997
Branch Call Number: J FIC L'Engl 3578au 1
J FIC L'Engl
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm.


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ArapahoeKati Sep 06, 2018

This is one of those novels that sticks with you years after reading it. Love, loss, grief, hope: it's all here in beautiful prose.

Aug 25, 2017

Every feeling that Vicky has through out the book I have experienced (not literally in the same form) and is relatable. You never feel like it's dragging on and on, however at times the writing feels a little rushed. I found myself yelling at Vicky sometimes which I assume is a good thing.
However you can get a little too caught into the book and forget to mark the time. So therefore, this book is good if you have enough time on your hands and also enough time to yawn and stretch afterwards.

Dec 06, 2013

There is something so pure and magical about how Madeline L'engle combines science and religion and poetry into her writing. I have been through every stage of life Vicky goes through in this book. No matter what age you are, there is at least one major point of this story that you will relate to. And I know every time I pick this book up I will discover something new that means everything to me, something I may not have picked up yet because I haven't experienced yet. There is something uniquely special about a book that not only have you loved since you were little, but that grows with you as you grow. So much of the book just...IT'S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. It captures exactly how I felt the first time I read it, and it captures how I feel in the decade that has passed since that first reading. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Apr 03, 2013

This is a great book. Once you start it you don't want to put it down!

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Mar 19, 2013

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Apr 03, 2013

Then I saw a Ring of Pure and Endless Light.... He'd abandoned me. I should've known it....


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