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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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This was my first time reading this book and I'm so glad that I finally took the time to enjoy the adventures of Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin. Knowing that this was written to be enjoyed by ten year olds, I have to say Madeleine L'Engle is quite clever and justly rewarded for the the remarkable messages this book sends to its readers. The story is layered and complex enough for a young reader to understand and at the same time very compelling for adults. I see myself enjoying this book again the future . . . my only disappointment is not having met Meg, the book's heroine, sooner.

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  mandarella | May 21, 2018 |
2.5/5 stars

This book was okay. I think if I had read it as a child, I would have been way more blown away at the time/space travel and the different planets that Meg gets to go to. I also probably would have found Meg more enjoyable. I was warned before going in, that Meg could be unlikeable, but I definitely see her appeal to younger kids. She definitely has the same type of attitude as some of my nieces, so I was better prepared and more empathetic to her thoughts and feelings - which were quite realistic for a child her age and the situation she was in.

The whole concept of the book is super cool, and fascinating - travelling to different worlds to help beat an evil presence, heck yes, sign me up. I did, however, find the delivery to be lacking. The book was short enough and intriguing enough that I finished it in 2 days, but I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style. It felt way too formal, and even the kids voices didn't feel realistic. The way some of the adults spoke also felt extremely condescending - especially because it is clear that these children are quite bright and can understand things way beyond their age level.

Overall, this story has a great concept and a super cool adventure, but I just didn't get along with the writing style. Younger me would definitely have loved this. ( )
  jdifelice | May 17, 2018 |
REVIEW: This was the first science fiction book I read as a young girl. It sparked a lifetime interest in the genre.

DESCRIPTION, NOT REVIEW: Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time. ( )
  treehousereader | May 13, 2018 |
Hadn't read this is a very long time... fun. ( )
  asawyer | May 7, 2018 |
Listening to Madeleine L’Engle’s most famous novel served to reiterate why I was not a fan of it as a child. Honestly, I am not even certain why so many people love it. My own kids did not. I did not. As an adult, I still do not see the attraction. Yes, it is well-written, creative, intense, a bit scary, filled with witches/stars, monsters both good and bad, kids as heroes, and so forth. Yet there is something about the story which did not mesh well for me. Perhaps this is because kids’ literature today is so nuanced and complex. To me, L’Engle’s novel is overly simplistic and too structured. You can almost see the “and then’ connecting each section; for a novel about jumping around through time and space, the story is very linear in nature. In addition, the characters lack in development, and there are certain elements of the story that have not aged well. I was not expecting much from this re-exposure to this classic considering my memories are blank when I try to recall my first reading impressions; thankfully, those low expectations kept me from being too disappointed that I did not enjoy it more than I did.
  jmchshannon | May 1, 2018 |
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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
Richwood, SamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosoff, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scaife, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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. Whatsit, 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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