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A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it so often, I know it by heart. Meg Murry was my hero growing up. I wanted glasses and braces and my parents to stick me in an attic bedroom. And I so wanted to save Charles Wallace from IT. (Meg Cabot)

A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place. (Cory Doctorow)

[L'Engle's] work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum. (Scott Westerfeld)

A Wrinkle in Time taught me that you can tackle even the deepest and most slippery concepts of physics and philosophy in fiction for young readers. It's a great lesson for all writers, and a tough tesseract to follow. (David Lubar)

About the Author

Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Series: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 50 Anv Cmv edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374386161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374386160
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By maelje on July 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To be direct and concise about it: "A Wrinkle in Time" is one of the greatest titles in all of 20th-century juvenile literature.

To be a little more verbose about it:

One of the fine things about this novel is its characterization. Charles Wallace, Meg and Calvin, the three main characters, are richly drawn -- I first read the book when I was 10 or so, and these kids could have been my real-life friends; they were that real to me.

The plot: It features both science-fiction and fantasy trappings. Basically, Charles Wallace and Meg's father, a scientist, has gone missing. Turns out he and his colleagues were fooling around with a technique that involves folding space somehow. It isn't spelled out, explicitly, exactly how they were doing this, but that doesn't matter -- the point is that the kids' father is nowhere to be found, and in the town where the family lives, ugly rumors are going around, including one that has the dad leaving the children's beautiful mother for another woman.

The setting: I don't want to say too much about it for fear of spoiling the story, but I'll just write that the planet to which we travel as readers is dark, menacing, even a bit frightening for younger readers. It's also incredibly detailed and well-imagined.

I am in my 50s now, but I STILL think about this book and re-read it from time to time. It's an absolute classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Spencley TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What better way to introduce this Middle Grade Book Review Column, than with a classic on it's 50th birthday?

"It was a dark and stormy night."

I absolutely love the simplicity of the first sentence. It summarizes the entire book and foreshadows the characters' journeys.

Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are taken across the universe by the Three Mrs. W's- Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, to save Meg's and Charles Wallace's father. Throw in quantum physics, Centaur-like creatures, mind control and possession, 2-dimensional planets, and strange beasts for an unforgettable experience.

I only recently discovered how special L'Engle's character, Meg Murray, was at the time of publication. Never before had there been such a spunky, determined, witty girl in sic-fi (in the 1960s). She was strong and brave and made her own decisions. I found Meg to be a character who would resonate with girls today and in the future.

(SPOILER ALERT)

The best part of this book (other than the richly drawn characters) was the ending. I caught my children (7 yo boy and 10 yo girl) hugging each other (we listened to the audiobook) as Meg overcame evil with the love she had for her younger brother. Because L'Engle created such rich characters, namely Charles Wallace and Meg, this didn't seem cliche. It felt warm and genuine.

This is indeed a timeless piece of art. I celebrate it's 50th birthday and look forward to reading it with my grandchildren in another 50 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By geekgirl @Geek Girl's Book Blog on February 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Guess what?

It's the 50th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time...and I've never read it.

Until now.

Oh, sure, I leafed through it as a kid, but I never actually sat down and immersed myself in it. Like I should have.

My reading of A Wrinkle in Time played out something like this...

Me: *wrinkles forehead in concentration as she stares at the pages*
Boyfriend: What's the matter?
Me: I'm confused.
BF: By what?
Me: *holds up book* The book is confusing me.
BF: Isn't that a kid's book?
Me: *defensive* Hey! It's complicated, okay? There's tesseracts and space-travel and shape-shifters and mentions of God and...and...

Yeah, it's complicated and mind-bending as all get out. But the story is really, really good. There's a reason this one is a classic. It presents all these incredibly complex ideas in the form of a children's novel, and it doesn't dumb them down or apologize for it.

I really wish I'd read this one when I was a pre-teen. (If you're a pre-teen or teen right now and you haven't read it, I highly suggest you go pick it up...right now!) Meg is definitely a character I would have identified with at that age. She's all kinds of awkward...the glasses, the braces, the overwhelming urge to punch someone who insults her, and the overwhelming feeling that she just doesn't fit in. Her entire family's pretty out of the ordinary. She's the daughter of two scientists (one of whom left for a work project years ago and they haven't seen or heard from him since) and her baby brother Charles Wallace--who hasn't even started school yet--is uncannily intelligent and what seems to be more than a little psychic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on June 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
In the wake of the recent success of "The Hunger Games", children's literature is now all the rage, being read by its target and adults alike. "A Wrinkle In Time" can have a similar effect, although drawing more from nostalgia than anything else.

For a basic plot summary, "Wrinkle" tells the story of the Wallace family (sister Meg & brother Charles) and their friend Calvin, who (with the help of three fairy-like creatures) undertake a dangerous journey through the stars to find their long-lost father, battling the heavy force of evil at every stop.

From a child's perspective, this book will be a full five-stars through and through, as it provides all the "necessaries": action, adventure, drama, humor, and even a touch of romance. As a child, this is the first book (besides perhaps "The Hobbit") that I remember truly becoming invested in.

From the point of view of adults, this story still holds nostalgic value based on that previous paragraph. If you never read the book during your early years, you probably won't see what the big deal is. However, if you DID experience the novel as a child, reading it again as an adult will transport you right back into that world once again. You may be able to see through some of the plot devices now and wince at some of the dialogue, but overall you'll still enjoy the experience.

Overall, "A Wrinkle In Time" is a classic tale that, put frankly, deserves the big-budget Hollywood treatment ala "Hunger Games".
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