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L'Engle originally had trouble publishing Meet the Austins because it starts with a death, an incident that many adults may feel uncomfortable discussing with children. Such people generally underestimate children's curiosity about death, as well as their need to learn how to cope with it. L'Engle shows the confusion that death can cause for children and teen-agers, but her characters also demonstrate healthy ways to handle a deeply troubling situation. A young person who has read a book like Meet the Austins will have good models for dealing with the death of a family member or friend, or with friends who have experienced the death of someone close to them.

The novel also addresses the subject of religion; Uncle Hal's death leads Vicky to question her faith in God. L'Engle also portrays the family praying before meals and at bedtime. The emphasis, however, is more spiritual...

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