- Series: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 280 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Anniversary, Commemorative edition (January 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374386161
- ISBN-13: 978-0374386160
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,491 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet) Hardcover – Special Edition, January 31, 2012
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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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A Wrinkle in Time is both a sci-fi story and a coming of age story. Meg, an awkward and insecure girl finds the courage and resourcefulness to overcome IT and save her father and brother. She also learns about the importance of family and love. While the character growth of Meg is nice, at times it seems a little contrived. One minute she's on the brink of death under the grip of IT, and the next, she's ready to face IT because she knows that it's something only she can do. It's also not very clear why little Charles, who has the vocabulary of a Harvard graduate, is so special. Some of the characters could have benefited from more development. Throughout the story there are references to Christianity: quotes from scripture, mention of guardian angels, and the idea that God is in charge of everything. This gives the story a "Chronicles of Narnia" kind of feel.
Overall, the story is very good, and one that would appeal to middle grade readers who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy books.
To cut it down to the basics, A Wrinkle In Time is the story of a girl, Meg, her friend Calvin, and her brother Charles Wallace, in a search for her long lost father. As the plot evolves we find that he was playing with time and had disappeared into its depths. Enter some magical ladies who want to help them find him and we are off on a journey to strange places with mysterious characters.
The book was written many years ago and it does have that certain charm and innocence compared to today's books. But this book actually left me flat. I didn't remotely identify with the characters nor did I really care about their success. From early on, I found myself wanting it to end. But I kept reading, thinking that I must be missing something about a book that has hooked so many dedicated fans over many years. That was the main thing that kept me reading - the promise that it was so loved that there must be something amazing on the way. Unfortunately, for me, it didn't arrive.
In a Nutshell - I really didn't enjoy this at all and was relieved when it finally ended. So, I guess that also rules the movie out of my 'to watch' list.