The Young Unicorns (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Sep 2, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 304 pages
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The Austins are trying to settle into their new life in New York City, but their once close-knit family is pulling away from each other. Their father spends long hours alone in his study working on the research project that brought the family to the city. John is away at college. Rob is making friends with people in the neighborhood: newspaper vendors, dog walkers, even the local rabbi. Suzy is blossoming into a vivacious young woman. And Vicky has become closer to Emily Gregory, a blind and brilliant young musician, than to her sister Suzy.
     With the Austins going in different directions, they don’t notice that something sinister is going on in their neighborhood—and it’s centered around them. A mysterious genie appears before Rob and Emily. A stranger approaches Vicky in the park and calls her by name. Members of a local gang are following their father. The entire Austin family is in danger. If they don’t start telling each other what’s going on, someone just might get killed.


  

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

My L'Engle reviews seem to have a theme: complaining noises followed by assertions why said complaints are meaningless in view of the whole, and a reference to love as the universal solvent. This book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexandra Flores - Goodreads

Much as I adore Madeleine L'Engle, this is not her best work. It was weak in many places, especially in the depiction of the Alphabats gang, which was really very un-menacing. The intrigue was pretty ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One
5
Chapter Two
23
Chapter Three
39
Chapter Four
53
Chapter Five
64
Chapter Six
80
Chapter Seven
91
Chapter Thirteen
196
Chapter Fourteen
208
Chapter Fifteen
219
Chapter Sixteen
225
Chapter Seventeen
237
Chapter Eighteen
243
Chapter Nineteen
250
Chapter Twenty
260

Chapter Eight
104
Chapter Nine
131
Chapter Ten
154
Chapter Eleven
174
Chapter Twelve
185
Chapter TwentyOne
268
Chapter TwentyTwo
275
Chapter TwentyThree
281
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About the author (2008)

Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

 

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

 

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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