- Series: A Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (January 1, 1962)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374386137
- ISBN-13: 978-0374386139
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,363 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12)
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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.
This book has time travel and a female protagonist, which would have been totally up my ally as a teen / pre-teen, I’m not sure how I missed it. Originally published in 1962, I am amazed at how this book is before its time. Not only is the main character of this sci-fi novel a female, but her mother is also a PhD scientist that works as an equal partner with her husband. Very cool.
Meg never fits in anywhere. Besides feeling that she looks odd and she doesn’t like the regular material at school, her father vanished without explanation years before causing much talk around town. After a mysterious visitor appears, Meg together with her brother Charles Wallace and friend Calvin, travel through time and space to find her father.
I loved that the story not only was a cool time travel story, but was also a great coming of age story as Meg tries to find and like herself. I really liked the explanation of the travel through space and time using drawings.
“Yes. I believe that they do. But I think that with our human limitations we’re not always able to understand the explanations. But you see, Meg, just because we don’t understand doesn’t mean that the explanation doesn’t exist.”
“A book, too, can be a start, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.” – a quote from L’Engle’s Newbery Medal Acceptance Speech from 1963. It is a wonderful speech about the love of reading and the love of fantasy/sci-fi. It’s worth reading on its own!!
Overall, A Wrinkle in Time is a classic sci-fi / fantasy novel that deals with time travel, and also understanding yourself and what it means to love. I thought it was a great unique story, especially for the time it was written. It’s interesting how many tales that came after it borrowed parts of it. I think the movie looks really interested and I can’t wait to see it!
Book Source: Purchased while we were Christmas shopping – I can’t remember where.