Meet the Austins

meet the austins

Meet the Austins by Madeleine L'Engle

Book Report by: Dani

Meet the Austins takes place on the East coast in a small town near the ocean.

The main characters are:

  1. Vicky – She's 12-years old and she's got a little bit of a temper. She thinks that everyone else is better than her. She doesn't feel pretty.
  2. John – He goes to a regional high school and he's really smart. He does a lot of studying and he likes to be by himself. He helps Vicky to feel better.
  3. Suzy – She has blonde hair and she wants to be a doctor, like her dad. She loves to wear dresses and is really pretty.
  4. Maggie – She is 10-years old and she loves to rip dolls apart to let Suzy operate on them. She destroys whatever she touches. She talks a lot. She's an orphan and she lives with the Austins.
  5. Rob – He has brown hair and he loves his Elephant Child, a stuffed animal with a musical box. He loves to pray and says about 2000 God blesses every night.

Maggie is an orphan child and she is staying with the Austin family because her dad died in a plane crash. There are four children in the Austin family and my favorite character is Vicky.

Vicky is like me. She feels awkward and not really sure of herself. But she's actually really smart and she loves her family. But she gets really upset sometimes, like I do. And one day she sneaked away to her friend's house and she had a bike accident on the way. She broke her arm and her teeth got bent. She had to go to the hospital.

The Austins are always listening to music and singing. That's like me, too. And they say prayers every night, like Grandma and I do. Rob says a million God blesses and his mom has to slow him down. Otherwise, there would never be an ending. 

I noticed that their family all gets along until another person shows up and everything gets messed up. It's very confusing for the whole family. It's kind of hard for Vicky. Vicky is having the hardest time. 

I would recommend this book to a friend because this family is comforting. They are amazing and have lots of adventures.

I give Meet the Austins 5 stars! Would you?

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1 Comment

  1. peacebestill

    I totally love Madeleine L'Engle's writing! I have loved her books ever since I was a child!

    This review at Amazon says it all, why I love her writing so much:

    The Austins are beyond question a charming family, but their path is by no means rock-free: Vicky sneaks off to a friend's house and severely injures herself in a bike accident, they all get the measles, John is beat up after his guest sermon in church, and they almost lose little Rob. Despite ordinary family setbacks, there's no use pretending this is a run-of-the-mill family. When Vicky is sick, her older brother, John, comes into her room and soothes her with a discussion of the solar system, our atomic composition, and the relativity of size. Family dinner-table talk includes the ethics of meat eating, and a chat with Grandfather ends up with a discussion of whether Einstein believed in God. As in all of L'Engle's novels, she asks the big questions: What is the meaning of life, and how does death fit into that? Are there different kinds of intelligence? What happens when you remove a screw from a radiator? This strangely comforting novel, first published in 1960, is an ALA Notable Book, and was followed by four other books featuring the Austin Family: The Moon by NightThe Young UnicornsA Ring of Endless Light (a Newbery Honor Book), and Troubling a Star. (Ages 9 to 12) –Karin Snelson –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Dani, I really love reading books with you! I enjoy the experience of reading with you because we both have similar interests! It sure is fun 🙂


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