By Madeleine L'Engle
Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered existence at the higher East part together with her architect father and stunningly appealing mom. yet this wintry weather the safety she has continually recognized has vanished, simply because her parents' marriage is coming aside – and Camilla is stuck within the center. She reveals how to get away her issues while she meets Frank, her most sensible friend's brother, who's somebody she will relatively consult approximately existence, dying, God, and her dream of changing into an astronomer. while Frank introduces her to the real humans in his lifestyles, who're so diversified from somebody she has met ahead of, he opens her eyes to worlds past her personal, nearly as though he have been a telescope supporting her to determine the stars.
This novel, one of many author's earliest, is the tale of a woman who, with the aid of her old flame, leaves early life at the back of and enters maturity with a newfound experience of self and internal energy.
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At that instant, someone knocked on the bedroom door. It creaked open a few centimetres. ‘Excuse me,’ said Hazel, without attempting to cross the threshold. ‘I’m sorry to interrupt – ’ ‘Come in, Hazel, it’s your house,’ Fiona urged. But Hazel shook her head. ‘No, no, that’s all right. I just wanted to say – I have to go and pick up Janan from school. So if there’s anything you want before I leave . ’ ‘No, we’re fine,’ said Fiona. ’ ‘Because I’ve put fresh Anzac biscuits on the kitchen table, if you’d like some.
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Camilla by Madeleine L'Engle