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The Moon by Night by Madeleine L'Engle

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New York : Ariel Books, 1963. First Edition. Hardcover. 218 pages ; 21 cm. $3.25 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!


A New Story about Vicky Austin, Heroine of MEET THE AUSTINS

Vicky Austin has already enchanted thousands of readers and if you haven't met her before now, it is time that you did. In THE MOON BY NIGHT we find the Austin children—Vicky, John, Suzy, and Rob—unhappy at the prospect of leaving their beloved Connecticut house and moving into "an apartment!" (as Vicky would say it) in New York City.

In order to cushion the change, the Austin parents decide to take the whole family on a trip to California to visit Uncle Douglas and Aunt Elena. They'll drive to California, camping out all the way if they can, and avoid motels and hotels as much as possible. There is a great deal of care spent on getting just the right equipment for the trip, and off the family starts.

It is a marvelous trip; different, exciting, fun. But it is a trip which also brings problems to all the family, and especially to Vicky; because in the course of it she meets Zachary, a troubled and troubling boy who, against the wishes of her family, and in particular of her brother John, attaches himself strongly to Vicky.

How Vicky meets the challenges of the trip and of her interest in Zachary and in still another boy, Andy, who becomes Zachary's rival, make up the body of this warmly appealing story of family life.

MADELEINE L' ENGLE is a superb writer for younger readers. She has an observant and honest eye, a strong sense of ethical and moral values, a love of people which produces living characters, and a refreshing care for and command of written English which make her books a joy to read.