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A Wrinkle in Time (original 1962; 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
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  Jenny_Baker | Sep 28, 2016 |
The first time I read A Wrinkle in Time was over 25 years ago, so I wanted to see how the story would hold up for me after all this time.

While I still loved its science fiction (time travel!!), I didn't connect with Meg as much as I did at 12 years old; in fact, she kinda annoyed me. Then there's the insta-friendship between Calvin, Charles Wallace and Meg -- that seemed a bit too convenient and saccharine. I also didn't remember there being such heavy references to God and Christianity.

I'd recommend this to middle graders with an interest in time travel.

3.5 stars (5 stars in 1989; 3 stars in 2016) ( )
  flying_monkeys | Sep 23, 2016 |
Very annoying insertions of pretend Christianity distract from what's already a poor fantasy story. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
This was a very pretty little book. I liked the first half a lot - it had some nicely written parts, the characters were rather well drawn, and I didn't find the Christian themes terribly intrusive. Had to knock a star off for the second half though - it becomes very heavy-handed, morality-wise, not in an offensive way or anything, but it feels a bit tell-y rather than show-y. I really didn't like how abruptly everything was resolved. Rare book that could maybe have used an extra fifty pages. May or may not read the rest, given the state of my to read list it'll be a while... ( )
  thebookmagpie | Aug 7, 2016 |
Revisited as an adult, mostly holds up to a re-reading. Funny to now identify with the 'star sisters', instead of the wayward children. ( )
1 vote kcshankd | Jul 18, 2016 |
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Madeleine L'Engleprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barrett, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Caruso, BarbaraNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, HopeNarratorsecondary 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
Maitland, AntonyContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raskin, EllenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover 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.
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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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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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