Book Review of A Wrinkle in Time
The Children’s Book Review
Written by Madeleine L’Engle
Ages 10+ | 256 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux | ISBN-13: 9780374386139
What to Expect: Time Travel, Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction
Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first in a series of 5 mysterious and unusual books—it has been made into a movie, a play, and an opera!
Meg Murry’s father, a scientist that works for the government, has disappeared while working on the secretive tesseract issue—a tesseract is a space warp or a wrinkle in time. Many people do not believe that Meg’s father is missing; they think that troublesome 13-year-old Meg and her genius 5-year-old brother Charles are not particularly smart, and their father has left them and their mother.
With their new unlikely friend Calvin, a popular high-school junior, Meg and Charles set out to find their father. With the help of Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, unearthly characters, the kids are transported into space through the tesseract and end up on a space adventure full of danger. As they travel through the cosmos, looming with an evil power threatening to take over their minds, they must find inner strength and work together to discover the truth about their father.
A Wrinkle in Time is filled with mystery, time travel, a little love, and good vs. evil—all excellent elements for an exhilarating excursion through the pages.
If you can fold the fabric of time and make your own wrinkle to transport yourself through space, be sure to take this book with you and enjoy it from a galaxy of your choice. And for full effect, begin reading it on “…a dark and stormy night.”
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About the Author
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. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. 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. 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. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.
What to Read Next if You Love A Wrinkle in Time
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson
A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L’Engle
A Swiftly Tilting Planet, by Madeleine L’Engle
Many Waters, by Madeleine L’Engle
An Acceptable Time, by Madeleine L’Engle