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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (edition 1962)

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Title:A Wrinkle in Time
Authors:Madeleine L'Engle
Info:Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1962), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 190 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
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Pretentious and boring. :-( ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
Read to us by the 5th-grade teacher. Outside. How lucky was I! And I've read it a couple of times since. It is def. old, and some of the themes have been done better elsewhere. But just imagine being young, naive, sitting on the grass in the sun, listening to an enthusiastic teacher sharing this with a whole class of kids. What an impact that teacher made on me! ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This incredible story follows Charles Wallace, a five year old boy genius, his sister Meg, and their friend Calvin as they undergo a space bending adventure. Together, with the help of three seemingly magical women, they cross space and time to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from a dark planet in another galaxy. There is too much in this book to summarize. It has everything. There is math and science. There are literature references. There are aliens. There is darkness verses light. You will laugh. You will cry. Every page is exciting from the first to the last.

Personal Experience:

I absolutely love this book. I read it as a child and loved it. After reading it as an adult, I love it even more. Madeleine L’engle draws the reader in by the first chapter and doesn’t let go until the last page. Even then, she manages to leave you wanting to read the next book in the series. My son is going to read this next and I can’t wait to share it with him.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1.) A fun classroom idea would be to have everyone draw a picture of Mrs. Whatsit on Uriel from the description in the book. We could also do the same for Aunt Beast. It would be fun for the kids and interesting to see how they interpret the images described in the story.

2.) When the lady’s in the book describe tessering through a wrinkle in space, they describe it much like most physicists describe a black hole. It would be good to take a piece of paper, wrinkle it like a fan, and poke safety pin through it to explain what Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which meant when they were describing a wrinkle in space.

3.) When “IT” took over Camazots, their world was changed to make everyone the same. I would ask the students to imagine if our town were taken and changed. What would everything be like? How would it be different? Why would it be a terrible thing to happen? Before or after this discussion we would examine what the ladies meant when they were comparing our lives to a Shakespearian sonnet and iambic pentameter.

4.) Just as an added bonus. It would be fun to go through all of Mrs. Who’s quotes and analyze what message she was trying to get across at the time she said them. Even reading this as an adult, I found this challenging. It would be a good reading context exercise. ( )
  CamilleSchmidt | Apr 9, 2015 |
A reread from years ago. A story of good and evil done in allegory and fantasy. It is the first of four books. I am too much of a realist to enjoy this style of story. ( )
  LivelyLady | Mar 31, 2015 |
This book is about a girl named Meg. She and her friends are trying to defeat IT, the villain that is trying to take over earth. She loses her brother to this bad guy, because IT takes over his mind. She is also trying to find her father, and finds him. So they go back and try to find her brother. In the end, she defeats IT with love. ( )
  NatalieCJones | Mar 31, 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
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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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