Camilla

Camilla

eBook - 2010
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Fifteen-year-old Camilla Dickinson has led a sheltered life on the Upper East Side with her architect father and stunningly beautiful mother. But this winter the security she has always known has vanished, because her parents' marriage is coming apart-- and Camilla is caught in the middle. She finds a way to escape her troubles when she meets Frank, her best friend's brother, who is someone she can really talk to about life, death, God, and her dream of becoming an astronomer. When Frank introduces her to the important people in his life, who are so different from anyone she has met before, he opens her eyes to worlds beyond her own, almost as if he were a telescope helping her to see the stars. This novel, one of the author's earliest, is the story of a girl who, with the help of her first love, leaves childhood behind and enters adulthood with a newfound sense of self and inner strength.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9781429947404
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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EmilyEm
Aug 05, 2010

Camilla finds she's growing up and coming into her own in her fifteenth year when her life seems all of a sudden not quite so idyllic and secure as it was just a few months before this fall and winter. The story is set in NYC just after WWII, which is interesting as a set piece of what it was like growing up there and in a privileged Upper East Side setting with friends who live in the Village.

I'm not sure I'd have even known the authors referred to in this book at the same time?and wonder how Frank's discussions about God would have struck me then. The book seemed a little ?preachy' to me now?like Heidi was when reading it when nearly 60! I'm glad I read it and can't quite remember why it was recommended to me. L'Engle is a treasure; everyone should read her books.

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