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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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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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This is a captivating story centering on Meg, a pre-teen girl, and her struggle to accept who she is. She has very little confidence and not much feeling of self-worth, but she finds her inner strength and beauty. Meg learns that it is okay to be different. In fact, being different from one another makes life more vital and alive.
Fantasy and scientific facts intermingle for a grand adventure with Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace who seek to free Meg and Charles’ father from the IT. Helped by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, Meg learns a lesson in the strength of love.
I was reaching out, reading a lot of fiction (and non fiction) that had never really appealed to me. My teacher was a very nice, creative *teacher* who was always looking for ways to engage her students to think and explore. We had a contest, to write letters to authors we liked, and I was the only one in the class who wrote to Madelein L'engle. Amazingly enough, she wrote back - she was the only author who cared (or had interest) in writing back to a child.
I still cherish that letter she sent.
So, 40+ years later I started to explore books that my children might find interesting. I was pleased to see that not only is A Wrinkle in Time still available, that it has flourished. And has sequels!
After reading a few reviews here, I was disappointed to see that some of the reviewers look at this as political dogma, or religious doctrine. What they forget is that politics and religion are inherently part of any society, and that children need the opportunity to learn about what makes the society they live in what it is. Our American society is very chaotic, and at times terribly confusing. Being a "tween" just starting to come alive is a confusing and difficult time. The characters in this story are seeking to overcome problems that are at times overwhelming, terrifying, and seemingly far beyond their capabilities. Their "magical" assistants offer encouragement to the children, prompting them to use their resources to the utmost to accomplish a very worthwhile goal.
As I re-read the story, it dawns on me that, in a very realistic way, the children's magical assistants are the embodiment of a great teacher that a child would cherish: helpful, encouraging, building the child up by letting the child grow through effort, mistakes, and finding their own way in the world, offering guidance but ultimately letting the child grow through lessons and experience. The challenges Meg and her family and friends overcome in many ways are symbolic of the challenges all children go through at those ages as they seek to find their way in the world. Maybe the story is Christian, but maybe it's also an allegory of what a child goes through learning who and what they are. And maybe it's more. This is a good thing. A truly great story has many possible interpretations, because life itself is complex and often confusing, and interweaves the thoughts, dreams, goals, and experiences of many different people. Madelein L'Engle does a masterful job of looking at life through the eyes of a child.
A Wrinkle in Time is one of the greatest stories I've read, as a child and an adult, and it is certainly worth another read - and another thought - 40 years later.
All this from an author who cared enough to write back to an 11 year old fan with her own unique words of encouragement.