A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Time Quintet, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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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.

Now a major motion picture!

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.

Books by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
An Acceptable Time

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson

Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson: A standalone story set in the world of A Wrinkle in Time.

The Austin Family Chronicles
Meet the Austins (Volume 1)
The Moon by Night (Volume 2)
The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)
A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!
Troubling a Star (Volume 5)

The Polly O'Keefe books
The Arm of the Starfish
Dragons in the Waters
A House Like a Lotus

And Both Were Young

Camilla

The Joys of Love

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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blue_bird_5104
May 30, 2021

This book is a great book and it is very enthralling. The other planets and the creatures that Meg and her friends meet are very fascinating. It is a page turner because the quest to find Meg's father helps her uncover new things about the universe. The Tesseract theory really sucked me into this book because with a little research, I found out that it is an actual theory (even though it is explained in a different way in the book) and I am very interested in physics. This is a must read for all kids graduating elementary school or entering middle school. This is one of my favorite books of all time.

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jessmaestas04
Apr 01, 2021

its great

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ChristineRondeau
Mar 17, 2021

I didn’t read this book as a kid and only read it now in my 50s. I have no idea why this book is such a cherished book. I found the christian undertones insufferable, the story flat and simple. I’m clearly missing something here.

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lcranmer
Feb 24, 2021

Reread this book with one of my children. Brought back memories from childhood. I remember being enthralled by the book as a child. Rereading it as an adult, with a more critical eye, was fun. I think the ending resolved so quickly and simply. It is this part of the book that could be improved. It seemed a bit as if Ms. L'Engle was rushing to finish the book, rather than resolving it. Some of the threads of the story were left unanswered, which allows for sequels, I guess. My son really enjoyed it nevertheless.

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RyanLe16
Dec 14, 2020

A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of a high-school aged girl, Meg Murry, who goes through a treacherous adventure through space and time with Calvin, her friend, and Charles, her brother, to rescue their long missing father who is held captive on another planet. On one stormy night, a woman, Mrs. Whatsit, arrives at Meg’s house and she introduces them to Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, who then explain to them that their entire universe is being threatened. Then, they must go to Camazotz, an evil planet, where Meg’s father is imprisoned. Throughout this novel, the entire group goes through various obstacles and are truly challenged to persevere at every stop. Meg must stay strong in order to save her father, or else, he may be gone forever.
This novel is one that I really enjoyed reading and analyzing because of a mixture of drama and educational lessons. Personally, this book was great to analyze different literary devices such as personification. I really enjoyed how Madeleine L’Engle portrays Meg, the protagonist, as it motivates the younger audiences in positive ways. I would recommend this book to any elementary or junior high school student because it was such an enjoyable read.
Age Rating: 9+

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QAGeek
Nov 19, 2020

Recommended per Ken Haylock via Trivia Mafia conversation

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HaileyMarz
Aug 16, 2020

Age 9+

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ewells1
Jul 16, 2020

A Wrinkle in Time is amazing. The complexity kept me in awe, on edge, and turning the pages. Very well written.

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suveen
Jul 13, 2020

A Wrinkle in Time
The book A Wrinkle in Time by Katherine Olney is a fantasy novel about kids that set off to find their father who is trapped in an alternate dimension. One day a mysterious old lady appears at their doorstep and it turns out that the youngest son already knows her. The incredible journey begins from there. This book is very well written and filled with many scientific elements as well. The only thing I disliked about this book is the parts toward the ending. I feel like the book was at a good pace but then it started moving very quickly towards the end. I would also not recommend this book for children under 10 due to scientific words. Overall, this is a very captivating book and is good for a casual read.

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Archeteuthys
Jul 08, 2020

I appreciate this book as a classic work for younger readers; this has the hallmarks of timeless fiction meant for such an audience - namely, it's a quick read with a quick plot (for instance, REVEL in how instantaneous Calvin's obvious love for Meg is!) and a HELL of a quick ending that almost left me reeling amidst what felt much like a saccharine whirlwind and then DONE.

Things I noticed this go-around, all that being said: what an interplay between faith and science, and thinking and feeling that happens in this work, and how obvious these two themes are as they work together to propel the plot and the children onward. On one hand, we have inter-dimensional travel, aliens and talk of higher and lower dimensions; on the other, very obviously Christian-themed quotes are sprinkled in particularly as our vulnerable human Meg struggles with her own furious immaturity and the fact that She Has To Go Do the Things (aka grow up.)

So there's that, and again with the pair of hands, one being Camatzotz and its rigidity of thought/being, and then there's that planet Aunt Beast dwells on, where the creatures can't see but sense, and care. It all seems so obvious looking at it, now. But it wouldn't necessarily be, for younger folks who learn by witnessing those like them be strong where they need to be in a tough, confusing world. And I appreciate that all the more these days. I just happen to have more patience than certain plot points provide for, and that's okay.

TLDR: It's a typical teen novel that's written very concisely, and well. Within it are all sorts of things going on that my now-adult brain latches onto, and finds enriching, particularly knowing how long ago this book was written. I think that speaks, ultimately, to the timelessness of A Wrinkle in Time.

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Monarch_47
Jun 15, 2020

Love. That was what she had that IT did not have.

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Nov 15, 2018

L'enge Madeleine

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writingismylife
Jul 21, 2015

“Believing takes practice.”

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Imaan_0
Jun 19, 2015

Faith is the Sister of Justice

burgundy_fox_48 Mar 17, 2015

Like and equal are entirely different things! --Meg to IT/Charles Wallace

Violet_Horse_189 Jun 15, 2014

"The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling , brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called, but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. And base things of the world, and things which despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are."

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Dragonrat703
Mar 14, 2017

One night, a mysterious stranger arrives at the Murry household. Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace quickly become involved, and with the help of Calvin O'Keefe they assist three women to help a planet taken over by an evil consciousness called IT, which seeks to erase all uniqueness. Along the way Meg finds secrets about her father, love, and being who you are.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 05, 2012

Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

lms Mar 17, 2008

Meg and Charles Wallace set out with their friend Calvin in a search for their father. His top secret job as a physicist for the government has taken him away and the children search through time and space top find him. ( Novelist Review)

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