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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Note: this book is an excerpt of L'Engle's first book The Small Rain, and was reissued for teenagers (the original is an adult novel).

The author "tells the story of Katherine Forrester, an imaginative and intensely creative young American girl who yearns to become a concert pianist, as was her mother. As she learns how to accept the conflicts of her unorthodox home life an
Published March 1968 by The Vanguard Press, Inc.
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Jun 21, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Thought provoking and heartbreaking, just like all her books.
Aug 31, 2011 Meredith rated it really liked it
I bought Prelude at a book sale, not realizing it was a variation of A Small Rain, which I had already read. But I read it again, as I could never get enough L'Engle.
Oct 30, 2010 Regina rated it really liked it
Really different from her "Wrinkle in Time" series, Madeleine L'Engle explores the many emotions of a talented young girl who aspires to be a concert pianist like her mother. It explores issues of childhood, adolescence, love, sexuality, friendship and family in a very sensitive and respectful way. A great read!
It's really a 5 star story, but for one small problem.

It is an abridged version of The Small Rain.

There is a scene in The Small Rain in which our protagonist complains bitterly about being given books to read that have been abridged to ostensibly make them more appropriate for teen readers.

This is exactly that kind of book... but that scene got edited out!
Sep 09, 2012 Terri rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed all of this author's books that I previously read, but this one, not so much. Never could quite get a good reading of a plot, didn't like the characters much either.
Apr 01, 2009 Axegrrl rated it liked it
This seemed extremely familiar to The Small Rain, which is a much older book.
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her Young Adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more
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