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Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet Box Set (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters) Paperback – September 11, 2001


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With very special cover illustrations by Peter Sís and an introduction in each novel by the author, this boxed set of Madeleine L'Engle's modern-day classic series in paperback is much welcome! L'Engle challenges concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil in each of her four riveting novels. Sís's original new cover illustrations capture the hopeful innocence of the characters and the quirky cosmic tensions of the universe. In her introduction, L'Engle writes, "What a delight to see these beautiful new covers for the Time Quartet. It is another indication that stories have a life of their own, and that they say different things to different people at different times. And it is an affirmation that story is true and takes us beyond the facts into something far more real."

The handsome paperback set includes the 1963 Newbery Medal winner, A Wrinkle in Time, plus A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award, and Many Waters. Every young reader should experience L'Engle's captivating contribution to children's literature. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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"L’Engle’s gifts are at their most impressive here." — Publishers Weekly on A Swiftly Tilting Planet

"L’Engle is above all a skillful storyteller, and every admirer of A Wrinkle in Time will have fun with Many Waters." — The New York Times Book Review on Many Waters

"Through a day and night of terror, the forces of good and evil fight for the life of a boy and the ultimate salvation of mankind." — Publishers Weekly on A Wind in the Door
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 750 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (September 11, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440360374
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440360377
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 2.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Like CS Lewis, Madeleine L'Engle helps us to look at our world in different ways.
Alex S
Madeleine L'Engle is one of my favorite writers and I've read most of her books, both literature and those that speak about the spiritual life.
P. J. Ertel
While the first, 'A Wrinkle In Time', remains my favorite of the four, I loved every single book.
D. Mattox

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Sanborn on February 3, 2002
First off, all four books have received new cover art, which is very magnificent and the box even has a pretty new illustration.
Included are:
A Wrinkle in Time - The first of the series, where Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace travel through space to save their father from the it by tessering.
A Wind in the Door - Charles Wallace is very sick and almost dying and so Meg with the help of Calvin and her old principal Mr. Jenkins must save Charles Wallace.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet - Charles Wallace must travel back to where might have beens can change history from earth's destruction by mad dog branzillo.
Many Waters - The twins have their own adventure in this one, with no help from any of the others.
This is a great set and a great price for all the books at once.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Mattox on August 22, 2002
When in fifth grade, my teacher read to the class 'A Wrinkle In Time'. I was captivated by the story as it unfolded, and quickly found myself scouring the public library for the book to re-read it. Much to my delight I found it to be the first in a series of four books. While the first, 'A Wrinkle In Time', remains my favorite of the four, I loved every single book. Now, as a senior in college, a still adore these books. They are timeless. They teach as well as entertain. They play with the readers imagination, even as they work on the more scientific cut-and-dried areas of the mind. I feel like everyone should experience this story atleast once... you're sure to enver forget it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1997
When I was in the third or fourth grade, my mother recommended that I read A Wrinkle in Time (the Newbery Award winning first book in this series). I absolutely loved it then. I subsequently bought the series for a young cousin when she was a little older than that. Now, I have read the entire series to my seven-year-old son, and he begged me to read more each night. This is a series that you will enjoy re-visiting time and again, and that you won't mind reading to your children. I actually anticipate re-reading it again to my two-year-old son.

Ms. L'Engle has combined science fiction, fantasy, morality, ancient myths, and religion in a way that is totally enjoyable and not at all preachy. You get to know each of the characters as though they were close friends. You don't get tired of the characters, or annoyed by their insecurities, but rather remember your own inadequacies (past and present) with a little less chagrin. You also really wish you could know what each character is doing right now
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Letts on March 16, 2002
I find all four of these books to be enchanting. A Wrinkle in Time focuses on Meg Murry and Charles Wallace Murry in their search for their father and quest to stop the evil IT. A Wind in the Door continues the adventure when Charles Wallace gets sick and Meg, with the help of her friends, must save him from his possibly fatal disease. A Swiftly Tilting Planet takes you forward another five years. A nuclear war threatens to start, and only C.W. can stop it from becoming a reality. Many Waters goes back a few years when Sandy and Dennys, Meg and C.W.'s twin brothers, get flung back in time to the age of the Bible, where they must make sure that the people there know what to do before it's too late. I strongly recommend all four of these books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia R. Andersen VINE VOICE on January 3, 2003
I read the first part of this set in 1963 and was enthralled with it. I waited (not so patiently) for the rest of the set to come out and was richly rewarded for my patience.
The first book sets the stage for the next three and introduces the characters of Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin> Meg's father was working for the government and has been gone quite some time, leaving Meg and her family alone. Meg's mom keeps the home fires burning, but never lets on to the children her fears. Charles Wallace was just a baby when his father left, now he's in school. And then there's Meg - not cool like the other girls, not beautiful, too outspoken and smart to fit in her class, she worries that her father has died. Throw Calvin, a sort of popular boy from school into this mix and you got the makings of an adventure. (The twins show up in this book, but later they are showcased more.)
Meg and company set out ot find her father, which turns out to be a lot harder than it looks - and it looks pretty darn hard!
The other books continue the adventures of this group, as the characters age and other things come along to upset their world.
The books are set up as a classic good versus evil, but it never feels preachy or didactic and you will be swept away in the current of the stories. I highly recommend this for girls as it shows a protagonist who isn't cool or popular and how she handles things - not so well at times. My sons loved it, too so I know other boys would like it. I reread it every few years as it seems there's something in there I need to read again or I learn something different. Obviously, in the beginning, I identified more with Meg, but now I see the parents' point of view, too.
Buy this set for yourself or for somebody who needs to be a little challenged on their reading and thinking and enjoy it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas K. Beagley on June 7, 2004
I am deeply moved by the ideas and the emotions in this book, though there are mild problems with the writing itself. The story is delightful, but there are points when Meg and Calvin are first talking or later as they are sorting out various problems where the believability of the prose falters. Others may call the integration of Christianity troublesome. For example, she quotes the Bible, yet slips in things that any fundamentalist would be apalled at. So there's plenty to offend anyone of any persuasion if they do a close reading!

But so what?! It's a phenomenal story, it asks delightful questions, and it speaks pointedly to the nature of evil and mankind's struggle with same. It is a fun and thoughtful book that is very cinematic... many of the scenes hold a tension or a warmth that causes the reader to fill out the details in their head. I found myself speaking the dialogue aloud, acting out the parts. I also respect how L'Engle used quite advanced vocabulary when the moment struck her. She didn't dumb down the language for her readers, instead she delights in playing with difficult but completely appropriate words when needed. While reading this book I got the distinct impression that the writer was having fun, was writing about something serious and important to her, and didn't give-a-hang who might be offended or bothered by her liberties with religion or vocabulary, etc. This is a classic that deserves to be a classic, and I will read it to my children.
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