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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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This book is about a girl named Meg Murry & her brother Charles and their quest to find their father through space and time. Both children are deemed not very bright but are actually mentally extraordinary. I love the three magical ladies who assist them in their quest : their names are Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which! The story explores the good and evil of science and discovery in our world too. Did you know that Madeleine L’engle claimed in an interview that the subjects she was bad in were Maths and Science. She probably used that as inspiration to make Meg quite the opposite of herself! A really good read for someone starting out in Sci Fi! ( )
  Adya | May 28, 2017 |
In this book, Meg and Charles Wallace are sent on a mission to find their father, who has been missing and not responding for a long time. Several non-human characters guide them to begin their mission as they are joined by a neighbor boy, Calvin. In their journey, Charles Wallace is taken captive by IT, while Meg, Calvin, and their recently rescued father escape. Once Meg gets well after some poor tessering that sent her through the Black Thing, she is sent back to the planet alone to save Charles Wallace from IT. In the end, the family and Calvin is able to return home safely.
This book is primarily a fantasy book because it involves time travel, teleporting-like space travel, and unrealistic powers. For example, IT can control people by getting them in sync with his rhythm, matching their breathing and heart beat to his. Also, teleporting through time and space is impossible.
*Note: This book contains the word "ass" once as well as many direct references to God and quotations from the Bible.
  khofer15 | May 23, 2017 |
A richly imaginative story who mixes science into the tale interestingly. Well developed characters and beautiful descriptions. A book adults to would enjoy! ( )
  Wilwarin | May 23, 2017 |
This book was a little confusing but turned out to be a very good book. During the book, the main character learns about believing in herself and standing up and being a leader when she needs to. ( )
  Devin_Woodall | May 1, 2017 |
Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin meet Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which when they feel called to go to an old house near their town. They are taken on a time travel journey to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father. They encounter the IT, which is telepathically taking over the planet Camazotz. Before finding Dr. Murray, Charles Wallace is controlled by IT, leaving Meg and Calvin to find Dr. Murray on their own. After finding Dr. Murray, they work together to rescue Charles Wallace.
This novel would be considered a science fiction novel, as it explains time travel and other scientific events as if they were scientifically possible
  klum15 | Apr 24, 2017 |
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"A Wrinkle in Time" is confusing the first time you read it, but after a while it becomes amazing. The characters are so relate-able and I found myself greatly in the character of Meg. During the book, she learns about believing in herself and standing up and being a leader when she needs to. I believe that love and believing in yourself and the people you care about is also the theme of the story. The plot is believable as well, or at least as believable as a modern fantasy book's plot can be. It follows a very good story line that is engaging and suspenseful. First, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are going to find Meg and CW's father, but then they find their father and CW gets captured. The whole time CW had been built up as the be all end all of characters. He is the smartest and the bravest, but now it is up to Meg to save him and in order to do so, she has to believe in herself. I cannot get over how much of myself I see in Meg. I think that is why I love this book so much, because a girl with mousy brown hair, big glasses and an awkward personality got to be the heroine if a story and if she can do that, then so can I.
 

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Madeleine L'Engleprimary authorall editionscalculated
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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