Vicky Austin shows up in several of Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin Family Chronicles, but one of the best is A Ring of Endless Light. (It involves dolphins!) Vicky was Kiirstin from Rockwood’s pick for favourite heroine.
Vicky, 15 years old, is spending the summer on a small, sleepy island with her family at her grandfather’s house. Her grandfather is very sick, and the family is helping to care for him so he stay comfortably at home. Meanwhile, the death of a prominent resident of the island sends shockwaves through the community and the Austin family. This book deals with themes of life and death, and light and dark; it also deals with romance, the love of family, science and religion. It sounds like a sad book — but it’s not. It’s beautiful and joyful and fascinating.
And in case you missed it the first time: dolphins!