The Children’s Book Review | February 25, 2016
Written by Madeleine L’Engle
Age Range: 10 and up
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Square Fish; 50 Anv edition (January 31, 2012)
What to expect: Adventure, Time Travel, Family, Friendship, Romance
A Wrinkle in Time is a classic novel from award-winning novelist Madeleine L’Engle. It’s the first novel in a series of 5 books and was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1963.
Meg Murry’s father disappeared while working on the secretive tesseract project. Many people do not believe that Meg’s father is missing at all; they believe that her father has simply left his children and their mother. Calvin, a popular high-school junior, joins Meg and her younger brother Charles as they set out to find their father. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, the kids are transported into space by way of the tesseract and end up on a space adventure full of danger. As they travel through the cosmos, which are looming with an evil power that threatens to take over their minds, they must find inner strength and also work together if they are to discover the truth.
Using many excellent storytelling elements, Madeleine L’Engle has created an exhilarating excursion through the pages: mystery, time travel, a little love, and good vs. evil. For full effect, begin reading it on “…a dark and stormy night.”
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About Madeleine L’Engle
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.
A Wrinkle in Time, written by Madeleine L’Engle, was reviewed by Bianca Schulze. Discover more books like A Wrinkle in Time by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Adventure, Classics, Madeleine L’Engle, and Time Travel.