Troubling a Star (Austin Family #7)
The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of life in Thornhill, Vicky Austin is discovering that slipping back into her old life isn’t easy. She’s been changed by life in New York City and her travels around the country while her old friends seem to have staye...more
Troubling a Star is the last of the Austin family chronicles (Wasp isn't traditionally considered part of this same group, is it?). In this book, Vicky visits Adam in Antarctica and finds herself in the middle of international intrigue as a result.
But the book really isn't about international intrigue. It is, again, about Vicky growing up. Here, she's returned to her hometown of Thornhill and found that she can't slip back into the same old life; he...more
I've never been a huge fan of Vicky Austin...I much prefer the O'Keefe family and books. That said, I was willing to give Vicky a chance. But this book was a little boring. It read like someone's travelogue journal entry where most days were pretty routine and nothing much happened. Also, I found it strange that no less than THREE boys on...more
I must have picked this book up years ago when I was on a "Wrinkle in Time" kick, but then it just sat there. Therefore I wasn't aware the book is actually a part of a series of books about the Austin family. Thankfully that really wasn't an issue in reading the book in terms of background.
I gave it three stars because I did like it, but I wouldn't put it on my "must read" list. I think it is geared for a select crowd of youth--most likely junior high in age group--and also int...more
The title comes from the lyrics of the song in the book, "Thou cannot harm a butterfly, without troubling a star." She addresses environmental aspects of this, as well as cosmic...more
I love Madeleine L'Engle, but this is not the best of her work. Still, it is certainly worth reading if you're looking for a bit of mystery and a lot of interesting bits of science and biology. Vicky Austin is the heroine of our story, and she embarks on a journey to the Antarctic alongside a man affectionately known as "Cookie." When she boards the 'Argosy,' to make the final leg of her journey, she finds out that there is more to the Arctic than it's chilling natural beauty.
Vicky is such a wo...more
Why wasn't this one a favorite? Well, sometimes, the action lagged. The book is almost 300 pages, but the juicy action takes up about 200....more
We've been falling all over the beloved Austin family for ages. They're realness, they're emotions, they're stories. But we especially love Vicky Austin, our young horoin who gets loaded with troubles as she makes a dreams up a trip come true to visit her long time crush, Adam, a marine biologish working in Antartica with a reserch team. Now, don't take this as girly what so ever. They've been...more
It is a mystery story, but it's a political mystery rather than a metaphysical one. Our heroine goes to Antarctica and gets caught up in a political power struggle for control of the continent. And, like in the previous book, the girl has three love interests. Three! And the one we're supposed to like is hardly in the book at all. Plus it get...more
'Troubling a Star' got off to a slow start, but a few c...more
Vickie (from the Austins series of which this is book 5) is still trying to find herself in the world. She recognizes that she loves to write, and more specifically loves to write poetry and is taking steps to improve this talent. She also has started visiting with he...more
i found all the other characters on the ship incredibly annoying. they are consta...more
The plot's clunky. No, the plot's been recycled so many times that one can faintly see all the other stories below, like a palimpsest. The characters, many of whom we are supposed to know, are not themselves. None of the Austins are recognizable. Even worse, a major character is introduced as a long-time patient of Dr. Austin's, as well as Adam Eddington's beloved aunt- h...more
This book is sort of part mystery, part travel adventure, part political intri...more
It's surprising how some of the characters turned out. I was automatically suspicious of Otto, but I think that's because he reminded me in a way of Zachary Grey, being all suave with Vicky and kissing her. But it turns out I shouldn't have so easily trusted Esteban, who I thought was trying to communicate something important about Adam's whereabouts. I guess I had him wrong!
Sometimes the things you're most suspicious of at first, for that, turn out most dear. —which may possibly be one of the themes of the book.
Things about it I can of course criticize, not unconnected to things found in other L'Engle books. But don't reall...more