Troubling a Star Book Summary and Study Guide

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Vicky Austin has just moved back to Thornhill from New York with her family and is trying to fit into her old school where everyone is somehow different except for her older brother John's friend Adam Eddington the 3rd. Adam surprises Vicky and her family firstly by introducing Vicky to his Great-Aunt Serena, who is a very rich lady, and then with the news he is going to Antarctica to study at LeNoir Station on Eddington Point, which is named for his Great-Uncle Adam Eddington. Adam promises Vicky that he'd keep in touch. But Aunt Serena has other plans. She goes and buys tickets for her Cook and Vicky to go to Antarctica to visit Cook's brother and Adam. Vicky can't believe her luck. Adam does keep his promise. But there are strange postcards left in Vicky's school locker, and suddenly, when Vicky is already on her way South, Adam isn't signing off his letters with 'Love'. Vicky finds herself entangled in a web of lies, espionage and a triangle of love on board the Argosy. Does this mystery involve everyone or only a few people?
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The review of this Book prepared by Glenna Howell

As the book opens, Vicky Austen, an ordinary teenage girl from Massachusetts, is slowly freezing to death. Trapped, abandoned on an ice floe in the Antarctic Ocean, she is fighting a long fight against the temptation to lie down on the ice and sleep. The suspense is maintained as the story of how she comes to be on the chance of a lifetime trip to Antarctica is told in flashback. She is following in the footsteps of a friend of the family, a marine biologist, who lost his life in Antarctic in suspicious circumstances. To reach the continent of ice she travels through a South American country that has just suffered a political coup, and the Falkland Islands of Great Britain. She has a varied and unusual set of travelling companions, and the mysteries deepen as the book unfolds. Her experiences on this trip are of love, beauty, environmental concerns, and the deadly games of world politics.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Exploring into the wild    -   Yes Plotlets:    -   surviving elements in wilderness What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   50% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Ages 7-14 Water adventure    -   Yes Water:    -   on the ocean surface Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Central    -   South Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   South Pole Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   lost city

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Unusual forms of death    -   frozen Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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