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Vicky Austin and her siblings must adjust to the presence of a new member of the household-Maggie Hamilton, who is orphaned when her father is killed in a plane crash. Maggie is at first petulant and spoiled, but gradually opens her heart to the Austins to become one of the family.
©1960 Madeleine L'Engle, Renewed 1988 by Crosswicks, Ltd. (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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"...[an] ode to faith and family..." ( Quin Hillyer, American Spectator)

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Amazing Book!

This is a amazing book! It is wonderfully written and narrated. I recommend this book to any lover of The Wrinkle in Time series. 5 stars easy!

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A Nostalgic Revisit

I found this listed in the recent kids book sale and I don't know if it was the impending holiday season or a sense of nostalgia, but I snapped it up. I read L'Engle's books to my children when they were young. Re-listening reminded me so much of all that wonderful read aloud time spent together.

This book really captured a strong sense of old style family life. It was filled with the clamor and excitement of grappling with growing up in a household full of people. To be certain, being published in 1960 makes a good bit of the action and approach seem dated. In fact, it probably offers a fascinating window into a very different world for todays young listeners. The writing centered itself around the family dinner table, written snail mail letters and a landline as your only means of communication and connection. In short, a blast from the pre-internet and constantly connected past.

To me this was a fun bit of nostalgia and might be a good listen together book to enjoy with your own children.



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An endearing family

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the Austins. They're the family you wished were part of your family.

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Wonderful!

I met Ms L'Engle and was able to spend a half hour with her talking about how much her writing mint me as I grew up. I wish I'd had a copy of this book for her to sign, because it was one of my childhood favorites.

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I liked Meet the Austins by Madeline L'Engle. The storyline was great and it was very intriguing! The performance by Maggi-Meg Reed was incredible. Her voice was crystal clear and you could adjust the speed and save your spot while someone else listened. I was actually reading this for a book club and I'm so glad that I am accustomed to this series!

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Classic

an American classic series. You can't go wrong with these books every child and adults should read them.

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Slow start

This was difficult in the beginning to engage with but worth the effort to finish.

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A great feel good book.

If you could sum up Meet the Austins in three words, what would they be?

Wholesome, heart warming, and fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vicky was our favorite character, who tells the story, because she is so relatable.

What does Maggi-Meg Reed bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I wouldn't say she brings anything more to the story, she just has a great voice that is nice to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved all the family time that happens with this story. I loved the part when the kids go up to the mountain to make Maggie part of their club.

Any additional comments?

So much better than I thought it was going to be.