Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Sep 2, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been remarkably steady and contented. When a family friend suddenly dies in a plane crash, the Austins open their home to an orphaned girl, Maggy Hamilton. The Austin children—Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob—do their best to be generous and welcoming to Maggy.
Vicky knows she should feel sorry for Maggy, but having sympathy for Maggy is no easy thing. Maggy is moody and spoiled; she breaks toys, wakes people in the middle of the night screaming, discourages homework, and generally causes chaos in the Austin household. How can one small child disrupt a family of six? Will life ever return to normal?


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User Review  - rlsalvati - LibraryThing

Gave this to a friend's daughter for Christmas in 2011 and she loved it. She raved about it and wrote a book report saying it was the best book she'd ever read. So if you're concerned it's dated, it still has some appeal to modern kids. Read full review

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User Review  - AprilBrown - LibraryThing

What ages would I recommend it too? – Eight and up. Length? – An evening's read. Characters? – Memorable, several characters. Setting? – 1950's near Boston. Written approximately? – 1960. Does the ... Read full review


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MADELEINE L'ENGLE (1918-2007) was the author of more than forty books for readers of all ages, including the Newbery Medal winner A Wrinkle in Time, the Newbery Honor Book A Ring of Endless Light, and the first two books about Polly O'Keefe, The Arm of the Starfish and Dragons in the Waters.

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