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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...more
Published March 1968 by The Vanguard Press, Inc.
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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.
Thought provoking and heartbreaking, just like all her books.
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!
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.
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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A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1) A Wind in the Door (Time, #2) A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time, #3) Many Waters (The Time Quintet, #4) A Ring of Endless Light (Austin Family, #5)

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