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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Series: The Time Quintet (1)

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At fourteen, Meg is the eldest and only daughter in the Murray family. Since her parents are brilliant scientist and her siblings are similarly extraordinary, Meg feels plain in comparison and is labeled a troublemaker at school. A quest to rescue Dr. Murray in another dimension leads the young Murrays to different worlds where they must ultimately defeat The Black Thing which threatens the well-being of the universe.

Madeleine L'Engle's novel is a work of fantasy and science fiction. The message of the story aims to illustrate the strength of love to overcome the darkest evils, the meaning of bravery, as well as the power of individuality against conformity. Readers will be taken by Meg's plucky nature and her spirited spunk as well as the unique and memorable cast of characters.
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  thelittlestacks | Mar 27, 2015 |
Meg’s dad disappeared working on a project called “Tesseract”. Meg, her brother Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin will soon understand what her father was working on. They experience a whole new world with new friends and foes. In the end, Meg’s family is finally whole again.

Personal Reaction:
I love this book. I wish that L’Engle developed her setting more as I have always pictured the setting as very stark and black. I find the story intriguing still, and all of her characters are richly developed, deep beings. You relate well with Meg and that she, like real children, must deal with more than we give them credit for and they are often quite courageous.

Extension Ideas:
Writing Prompt: How would conforming to life on Comazotz be difficult for you? Tell me in what ways would you be unable to be different and uniquely yourself?
Art: Draw a selected scene from the book, the way you envision Comazotz and/or the characters that Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin encounter. ( )
  Lena_Krenzke | Mar 23, 2015 |
I remember reading this one day at an elementary school while teaching Character First in OKC. We were on lunch or something so I went to the library and found this and read it through. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
This book was so good, I can't believe I didn't read it as a child. I really don't care for anything to do with science but I could not stop reading this book. It is about a girl and her brother that are chosen along with their friend to go find their father and bring him home. They are chosen by three women that turn out to be some sort of witches. When they start moving through time they don't really know what's going on or where their father is, but then the witches start to explain what is happening. They are time traveling to another place where their father is being held prisoner. It is up to the kids to save hime because the witches cannot go on that planet. They meet many extraordinary creatures along the way. This is a chapter book so I would use it as a classroom extension for middle school. I would have them draw different pictures that they think the character of their choice would look like and have them write a poem for that character. Another activity I would use this book for would be to write an extension of the book to describe what the father was doing for that year he was away (imprisoned), or what the mother was doing while the kids were on their adventure. ( )
  emedwards | Mar 18, 2015 |
Summary of Book- This book called A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle it is about the adventures of space and how Meg Murry, her brother Charles, and her mother come down the stairs in the middle of the night for a snack where they then noticed a stranger was in their kitchen. The stranger was not a normal looking stranger. Meg, Charles, and Calvin who is a friend of theirs are on the search for Megs Father who disappeared while doing secret work. They have to outwit the forces of evil to make it through space.
Personal Reaction to Book- I enjoyed this book because it made me want to keep reading to figure out what was going to happen next. It made me want to predict what the outcome would be in the end.
Extension Ideas-
1. Children will draw a picture of what they think the “stranger” looks like.
2. Children will write a short story describing what evil encounters Meg, Charles, and Calvin will have to outwit.
  ChristaSparks | Mar 9, 2015 |
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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.
"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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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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