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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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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (1962)

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Brief overview of A Wrinkle In Time: Meg, an adolescent girl struggles with identity, self-acceptance, coping with the unknown whereabouts of her father, and fitting in with peers. She strongly desires to have rational and definitive understanding for all things, and in sense conformity. Her mother, Mrs. Murray and her missing father are both physicists who where studying the possibility of time travel, referred to as a tesseract - the fifth dimension - time-space. Mr. Murray was working for the government developing a means to travel via tessering to reach Mars, and disappeared suddenly one year before the beginning of the story. The town’s people spread nasty rumors as to the whereabouts of Meg's father, and her school community pries into her personal life to learn the details in order to satisfy their need for entertainment in the form of gossip.

Meg's siblings, Sandy and Dennys who are twin brothers, and Charles Wallace her closest family member are the other Murray members, though Charles Wallace has a more significant role than the twins. The twins are conventional boys that fit in well into suburban America and are reasonably content to do so. Charles Wallace on the other hand is an extraordinary five-year-old boy who has a very close relationship with Meg and their mother, has the ability to read minds, and conduct independent studies at his young age.

The story begins to accelerate when Megs and Charles Wallace meet with a boy from Meg's high school upon a walk in the woods searching for an abandoned house that three magical ladies live in. The three unite and meet up with the women, the Mrs. W's and begin to explore the reality of inter-dimensional time travel, their father’s whereabouts, and the cosmic war between light and dark. The group embarks on a journey to discover the whereabouts of Megs and Charles Wallace's father and confront the evils of IT and The Dark Thing. Their journey takes them to several planets in different dimensions, including a 2D reality that flattens them out and almost kills them.

Ultimately they find themselves on a planet called Camazotz where Mr. Murray is a prisoner and all of the citizens’ minds have been overpowered by and evil disembodied brain called IT. This brain pushes it's consciousness into others minds and controls their thoughts and actions, while their true self remains dormant. The group eventually resists this evil power, but not after almost losing Charles Wallace to the creature. In the end love acts as their only weapon against the evil power of IT, being that this is a virtue IT does not possess. The children return home after a long journey with Mr. Murray and are all reunited with their other family members to learn that no time has passed on Earth during their adventure. The Three W's return to thank them and before they finish their final sentence a wind blows and they disappear.
  emifoltz | Aug 14, 2015 |
I've been wanting to read this since I was in 6th grade (always seeing it in the Trumpet book order catalog) and I couldn't ever get past the first few pages.

Finally, as an adult, I began again on a weekend and finished it in a few hours...and loved it! I never knew it had such a Christian message. It also has some of the same themes as The Giver so I can recommend it to some students as supplemental reading during that unit. I thought this novel was cute, interesting, and an overall good read. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
Incredibly cute book. I love all the characters in it and loved the way it was written. It is a great children's book that has a meaning to it. ( )
  renbedell | Aug 2, 2015 |
Final Discussion
  mefellers | Jul 23, 2015 |
newberry award winner
  Yvonne_Chesak | Jul 21, 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.
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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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