A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet)
Madeleine L’Engle (Author)
Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.
Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the “misfit” characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.
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)
This book is simply great; it’s all about time travel, but it’s also timeless in the artistic sense. Written over 40 years ago, A Wrinkle in Time is still fresh. Its central theme is about developing self-reliance, judging nothing by its face value, and realizing one’s inner strengths. The female characters are just as powerful as the male, and everyone in the story is imperfect and very human. When it was first published in the early 60s, this book would have been way ahead of its time.