I’m one of those awful people who will sometimes skim over passages of books to find out if the guy gets the girl in the end. And I found myself fighting the urge to pass over selections of descriptions of nature lectures to get to the action in this novel. Though Madeliene L’Engle’s Troubling a Star is full of fascinating details about Antarctica and seals, I found them excessive and difficult to absorb. But if you like political subplots and fun facts about penguins, this is the book for you. Similar to what Michael Crichton does with his science fiction narratives, in this paperback, L’Engle takes you on a intricate adventure/mystery with a little romance thrown in there. Nevertheless, I did enjoy Troubling a Star and following the protagonist, Vicky, as she embarked on a treacherous trip to Antarctica, struggled with the ups and downs of young love, and tried to decode the cryptic notes she kept on receiving.