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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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  12. 11
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  13. 11
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Sometimes it can be really fun to go back and read books you loved when you were a kid. Other times... not so much. I don't know what exactly I liked about this book when I was younger, except maybe that it's sort of about science and magic and alternate places and stuff like that. But it's definitely not one of those books that's meant to be enjoyed by both kids and adults. ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
Newbery Medal Winner. RGG: Wonderful story about childhood friendships with a twist from Madeline L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.
  rgruberexcel | Sep 25, 2014 |
This book is about Meg and Charles and their adventures through time and space to find their dad. It is a bit fantasy like but lets young readers explore a realm of a different world. This book is meant for 5th or 6th grade students with a higher vocab and ability to understand a world outside of their own. The overall message/theme in this chapter book is family and growing of age. This theme is expressed within the entire text when the two kids look for their dad and grow up along the way.
  Jclark5 | Sep 24, 2014 |
In today's market, A Wrinkle in Time probably wouldn't be exciting enough. However, written in 1962, I think A Wrinkle in Time has stood the test of time well. 3 kids, Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace have been tasked with saving the world and their father by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. The Black Thing, the IT has consumed worlds and is shadowing Earth. At this point, the ending would probably be considered cliched, but I enjoyed it anyhow. It was sweet and life affirming. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Sep 23, 2014 |
Of course, I read this as a child, and loved it. After Dark is Rising, Jefferson picked this from his bedtime story shelf. It was pretty good for reading aloud. Each chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so we'd get to the end of the chapter and look at each other and say "dun, dun, dun!"

Not quite as magical as I'd remembered, but still quite good. I did still love the characters. I need to put the rest of the series on his shelf. Many Waters was always my favorite anyway. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Madeleine L'Engleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Caruso, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, DianeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, LeoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lee, Jody A.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Linden, Vincent van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raskin, EllenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yoo, TaeeunCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Charles Wadsworth Camp and Wallace Collin Franklin
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It was a dark and stormy night.
In her attic bedroom Meg Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind.
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"The tesseract--" Mrs. Murry whispered. What did she mean? How could she have known?

Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract...In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashion plain geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.
“Maybe I don’t like being different,” Meg said. “but I don’t want to be like everybody else, either.”
“You mean you’re comparing our lives to a sonnet? A strict form, but freedom within it?”

“Yes.” Mrs. Whatsit said. “You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.”
The middle beast, a tremor of trepidation in his words, said "You aren't from a dark planet, are you?"
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Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace leave Earth in search of Meg's father, Mr. Murry. Mr. Murry is a scientist who has been missing since the birth of Charles Wallace, Meg's baby brother. Mrs. Which, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Whatsist, however, assist the children in their journey by helping them to tesseract or wrinkle in time. They soon discover that their father has been detained by IT. IT tries to transform people into mindless robots. Will they be able to overpower IT? Will they be able to save their father?
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312367546, Paperback)

Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.

Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.

A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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