Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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Summary: Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe.

A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world. This special edition has been redesigned and includes an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis that includes photographs and memorabilia, the author’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech, and other bonus materials. — FSG

What better way to introduce this Middle Grade Book Review Column, than with a classic on it’s 50th birthday?

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

I absolutely love the simplicity of the first sentence. It summarizes the entire book and foreshadows the characters’ journeys.

Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are taken across the universe by the Three Mrs. W’s- Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, to save Meg’s and Charles Wallace’s father. Throw in quantum physics, Centaur-like creatures, mind control and possession, 2-dimensional planets, and strange beasts for an unforgettable experience.

I only recently discovered how special L’Engle’s character, Meg Murray, was at the time of publication. Never before had there been such a spunky, determined, witty girl in sic-fi (in the 1960s). She was strong and brave and made her own decisions. I found Meg to be a character who would resonate with girls today and in the future.

(SPOILER ALERT)

The best part of this book (other than the richly drawn characters) was the ending. I caught my children (7 yo boy and 10 yo girl) hugging each other (we listened to the audiobook) as Meg overcame evil with the love she had for her younger brother. Because L’Engle created such rich characters, namely Charles Wallace and Meg, this didn’t seem cliche. It felt warm and genuine.

This is indeed a timeless piece of art. I celebrate it’s 50th birthday and look forward to reading it with my grandchildren in another 50 years.

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    I really need to re-read this one. It has been so long I remember almost nothing!

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    Ah! They hugged each-other?!?! Too freakin’ Cute!!!

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