- Age Range: 10 - 14 years
- Grade Level: 6 and up
- Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
- Series: Time Quintet (Book 1)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (May 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312367546
- ISBN-13: 978-0312367541
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,448 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Madeleine L'Engle (1918–2007) was born in New York City and attended Smith College. She wrote more than 60 books, the most famous of which is A Wrinkle In Time (1962), winner of the Newbery Award in 1963. L'Engle continued the story of the Murry family from A Wrinkle In Time with seven other novels (five of which are available as A Wrinkle In Time Quintent from Square Fish). She also wrote the famous series featuring the Austin family, beginning with the novel Meet The Austins (1960). L'Engle revisited the Austins four more times over the next three decades, concluding with Troubling a Star in 1994. The story of the Austins had some autobiographical elements, mirroring Madeleine's life and the life of her family. Madeleine L'Engle's last book, The Joys of Love, is a romantic, coming-of-age story she wrote back in the 1940s, and is being published by FSG.
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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.