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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) Paperback – May 1, 2007
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Adventure, time travel, joys of discovery, excitement, all rolled into one great story for young adults and everyone else.
The final book of the Time Quintet finds Meg's daughter, Polly, visiting her grandparents. She is dragged back in time 3000 years with a couple of friends. It is up to Polly to survive and return safely, or history could be changed forever.
The Time Quintet has been a great set of books to read. I like the way the author presents a bit of history and science, rolled into science fiction and fantasy. These books will not only entertain the reader, but without realizing it, they will learn from them. Some of the dialog is a bit murky in this one, and could have been explained better as a foreign language.
Madeleine L'Engle injects a bit of science and history into each story. That does not detract from the stories, nor does it slow the reader down. The stories are very entertaining, while the science is explained in a way that the reader can understand it.
As the last book of the Time Quintet, this finishes a five book series. It is a great way to end a series. However, the author did not stop writing at this point. There are a great many more books to be read.