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A Wrinkle in Time

Posted by Danielle on January 1, 2009

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Genre: Science Fiction

Reading Level: Moderate to Intermediate

Rating: G

Summary: “It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of am most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of way, but the way, there is such thing as a tesseract.” A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book.”

Danielle’s Review:

When they describe A Wrinkle in Time as unusual, they mean it. It’s uncommon, very rare, extremely abnormal to find a book of this capacity written for teenagers. I give good reviews of practically every book I post, because I don’t want to bother writing reviews for books that suck, but I wouldn’t go so far as to call a great many of them my favorites. However, I can tell you with absolute sincerity and conviction that this book, counted as one with it’s three sequels, is among the top three best books for young adults that I’ve ever read.

Maybe I have a thing for science fiction, but A Wrinkle in Time doesn’t feel exactly like science fiction. There are elements of fantasy, shape-shifting and otherworldly creatures; there are sequences of mystery and suspense; there are moments of revulsion and horror, and yet, it’s also a kind of allegory, if you look at it hard enough. Themes of love and memory pierce through the whole narrative with a strength that’s hard to miss.

This is a book that you have to read several times before you fully appreciate it. If you’re a young teenager, read it; you’ll come out appreciating how the author took you on a crazy ride across planets and universes, and through mysterious riddles and clues, to help Meg and Charles find their lost father. When you’re an older, more perceptive young adult, read it again; you’ll come out appreciating how Meg is characterized, how love applies to so much more than romance, how the frightening prospect of total sameness promotes our need for individuality. And when you’re an adult, and a parent of your own children…give it one more chance to touch you. Go on, steal it out of your son or daughter’s bookshelf and read it one more time. You know you want to.

A Wrinkle in Time isn’t where it ends, either. Read it; you’ll love it. If you don’t love it, I’m very sorry, but I’m pretty sure you will. Anyway, the next few books in the series are not widely known, but they are called A Wind in the Door, Many Waters, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. L’Engle is a brilliant author and if you do love the first one, you’ll fall in love with those, too. It’s a bonus.

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