The Moon by Night (Austin Family)
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As if simply being fourteen-years-old weren't bad enough―what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin's always comforting and reliable home life is changing completely. Her brother John is going off to college in the fall. Maggy, an orphan taken in by the Austins two years ago, has gone to live with her legal guardian. And the rest of Vicky's family is moving from their quiet house in the country to the heart of New York City.
But before the big move, the entire Austin family is taking a meandering trip across the country in their station wagon, stopping to camp along the way, with no set schedule and not a single night of camping experience among them.
Wild animal attacks. Life-threatening natural disasters. Cute boys on the prowl. Anything can happen in the great outdoors.
cracked river beds that looked as though they’d been empty for centuries could become raging torrents. Sometimes at the side of the road we would see Indians with impassive, closed-in faces. They looked unfriendly. It was nothing as active as hate. It was just stolid dislike. I thought of the things Zachary’d said about Indians and I couldn’t blame them. But it still made me uncomfortable. Every once in a while Daddy pointed out small dust twisters moving across the barren land. I leaned over
Arizona, and we saw river beds that actually had water in them. The rocks were eroded in graceful whorls and swirls, as though the wind had been dancing by, instead of blasting in from the Equator as it had seemed to do in the Arizona desert. The campgrounds at Zion were down in the canyon, the way they were at Palo Duro, instead of up on the rim, like Grand Canyon, and it was very hot, up in the nineties. The campgrounds were in a grove of cottonwood trees, and around us we could see the great
is that life isn’t fair, and your grandfather, who is one of the greatest human beings I’ve ever known, is quite aware of it. He doesn’t have anything to do with pie in the sky.” (Pie in the sky again. It almost sounded as though Uncle Douglas could read people’s minds.) “Your grandfather knows that the wicked flourish and the innocent suffer. But it doesn’t destroy him, Vicky. He still believes, with a wonderful and certain calm, that God is our kind and loving father.” “But how can he!” I
That’s one of the whole points of this trip, for Daddy not to have to do anything on schedule or make any definite plans.” “But you must have some vague, general idea where you’re going.” “We’re going up the coast. All the way into Canada. We’re going to stay with friends in Victoria, and I think we’re going to Banff, and Glacier, and Yellowstone. Those are the only specific places Daddy’s mentioned.” “That’s enough to go on,” Zachary said. “Give me your address in Victoria, so I can write
little girl hadn’t lost nearly as much blood as it seemed from the mess, but they’d better have her checked by their own doctor when they got back to Edmondton the next day, and get a tetanus booster. The kids all started playing then, but this time right in the kitchen, the little girl the happiest and noisiest of anybody. The rest of us went on talking about the differences between Canadians and Americans. I think the Yorks had thought there were lots of differences, but the more we talked the