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A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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Series: The Time Quintet (1), Kairos (1)

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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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Excellent, quality reading. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
Science Fiction (ages 5-8)
  ashleighbell | May 5, 2022 |
First off, what language! It's beautiful. After ages, I read such gems like clouds scudded frantically or "If you have some liniment I’ll put it on my dignity,” Mrs Whatsit said, still supine. Such phrases were strangely evocative of my childhood days when I read authors such as Enid Blyton, or Louisa May Alcott.
The plot, however, leaves something to be desired. It works well in an overall sense, with the author focusing on tessering and the triumph of good (and love) over evil (in this case, literally over Evil as the nebulous villain is thus named). Engle illustrates lucidly and beautifully the concept of mindless uniformity (a la 1984) as a corrupt and destructive state of existence. However, there seem to be a few loopholes that I, as an adult, perhaps, could not overlook:
1. If Charles Wallace is such a genius as to have adult knowledge and understanding in a 6-year-old's body, why doesn't his superior intelligence come into play? If it was solely Meg's love for him that overcomes the nefarious IT, why introduce and build on his acuity?
2.When the children enter Camazotz, they observe a boy who is not bouncing his ball in time the same rhythm as the others and can, therefore, be concluded to have escaped IT's brainwashing. He is later noticed in a cell. That's it. What significance does he play? One of the characters mentions that this boy is important somehow, but how? If the author's objective is to introduce the fallibility of Evil, it does a shoddy job of it.
3. Why is Calvin there? He barely contributes to the whole adventure. Apparently, he is whisked off with the others because of superb communication skills, but he can't get through to Charles Wallace when it really matters. So all he does is ... I really don't know

All in all, a good book for kids, but a disappointment for adults who may have missed out on reading it when they were too young to spot discrepancies. ( )
  Chandna_Agarwal | Apr 8, 2022 |
Baca ini karena dimention di When You Reach Me. It's rather insufferable, i don't like the MC. I was a bit touched by the climax but overall i'm not super impressed about anything. ( )
  qonita | Mar 21, 2022 |
This story would be ideal for a middle-level reader. This science fiction novel is about two siblings who go on an adventure to fight against the dystopian villain IT in order to save their father and reunite their family. This story wasn't my favorite because it was a little bit dark but something that could be useful about this story is that it may help students who normally don't like reading to find something that captures their attention. ( )
  ChloeMorlan | Mar 19, 2022 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
Reggiani, SaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richwood, SamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosoff, MegIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scaife, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sis, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yoo, TaeeunCover 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?" [p.27]
Well, the fifth dimension's a tesseract...In other words, to put it into Euclid, or old-fashioned plane geometry, a straight line is not the shortest distance between two points. [p.75]
“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 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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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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