I grew up attending a tiny private school, and in so many ways it was a wonderful school. What wasn't always so wonderful about it was its library. It was in a tiny basement room about the size of my living room and stocked with mainly picture books and a wall of dated encyclopedias. On one wall were shelves of chapter books mainly for the 3rd-5th graders. I don't remember in all my ten years at the school ever finding a new library book on those shelves.
But nonetheless, there was an occasional gem among all of the dated Animorphs, Hardy Boys, and the crumbling Nancy Drew novels. It was after coming off of my Wrinkle in Time Madeliene L'Engle high that I looked in the L's and found another book written by her, And Both Were Young.
Now, what fifth grade girl can resist a title like that, especially when the cover looks like this (despite being a little, um, dated)?
Yeah, not many. So, I checked it out, along with another one called Camilla. Now, I don't remember details of this book very well, as it was quite a few years ago when I read this, but what I do remember (Swiss boarding school, snow, mountains, mysterious love interest, romance, and oh yeah, the fact that it was written by Madeleine L'Engle), was all positive. So, I was beyond pleased to discover that this book is being re-released in April, with a brand new, much more modern and appealing cover:
Niiice. Now, I can't promise you that it'll live up to how I remember it (which was very good), because I will acknowledge that I was not the best judge of books as an eleven-year-old, but once again, look at who the author is.
Anyways, according to Amazon, this reprint edition will hit stores on April 27th, 2010. And since I don't trust my memory well enough to sum it up for you, here's the synopsis:
Flip doesn't think shell ever fit in at the Swiss boarding school. Besides being homesick for her father and Connecticut, she isn't sophisticated like the other girls, and discussions about boys leave her tongue-tied. Her happiest times are spent apart from the others, sketching or wandering in the mountains.
But the day she's out walking alone and meets a French boy, Paul, things change for Flip. As their relationship grows, so does her self-confidence. Despite her newfound happiness, there are times when Paul seems a stranger to her. And since dating is forbidden except to seniors, their romance must remain a secret. With so many new feelings and obstacles to overcome in her present, can Flip help Paul to confront his troubled past and find a future? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Eeek, I am so excited, you guys do not even know! I vaguely, vaguely remember the BIG SURPRISE at the end, and now not knowing is driving me insane. I am also really pleased that these books are being released again, since Madeleine L'Engle was such an excellent children's author.