A Wrinkle in Time

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Macmillan, 1962 - Juvenile Fiction - 211 pages
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

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L'Engle is, at best, a workmanlike writer. - Goodreads
There was no guarantee of a happy ending. - Goodreads
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The story and plot is relatively straight forward. - Goodreads
Not a stylish writer, but a capable one. - Goodreads

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User Review  - behemothing - LibraryThing

If I read this when I was younger, it would have been five-stars, but now I just wish Meg would stop yelling at me. That being said, "Aunt Beast" would be a great name for my hypothetical one-woman metal band. Read full review

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User Review  - Francis Bruynseels - Goodreads

This book only took a few days to read and is a page turner, picking up speed as it goes along. The author's personality hangs over this text, almost as strongly as IT itself. The climactic part could ... Read full review

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Mrs Whatsit
Mrs Who
Mrs Which
The Black Thing
The Tesseract
The Happy Medium
The Man with Red Eyes
The Transparent Column
Absolute Zero
Aunt Beast
The Foolish and the Weak

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About the author (1962)

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.