Book Reviews of A Wrinkle in Time (Time, Bk 1)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, Bk 1)
A Wrinkle in Time - Time, Bk 1
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
ISBN-13: 9780440800545
ISBN-10: 0440800544
Publication Date: 10/31/1988
Reading Level: All Ages
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 63 ratings
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 10
This was THE book that got me into sci-fi/fantasy. I haven't read it in probably 20 years, but I still remember parts of this book, and the series in general. These have a fairly heavy Christian/moral tone that I did not notice until I was older, but are highly recommended for kids of all/no faiths, especially those who feel "geeky" and unappreciated.
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Helpful Score: 9
An awesome combination of sci-fi and fantasy. If you're the sort that enjoys it when the book you're reading gives you wings, you'll probably enjoy A Wrinkle in Time! DELICIOUS!!
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Helpful Score: 5
Honestly, I am still undecided what I think of the book. It had a good base message and some of the concepts are interesting, but the writing didn't hold me, and I didn't find myself getting attached or even caring about most of the characters. Perhaps I'm just too old for the book.
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Helpful Score: 5
Unlike many others, I never read this book in middle school or high school. Rather, I first read it in my "Fantasy Literature" class in college (I was the first engineering major to ever take that class - ha ha) and really enjoyed it. I can see why it would appeal to a younger audience - the main characters are children who go on an adventure into the universe to save their father. But I can also understand why we read it at the college level - there's a deeper reliogio-political side to it that's worthy of serious discussion.

This is a 1963 Newbery Medal winner, and the first in a four-part series that also includes: A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award; and Many Waters.
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Helpful Score: 4
One of my all time favorite books when I was a kid.
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Great book, very eerie, easy to understand fantasy/science fiction.
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Helpful Score: 4
absolute children's classic, especially for geeky kids
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Helpful Score: 4
My childhood introduction to sci-fi - and I still love this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
A Wrinkle in Time is a book about physics and other dimensions. A girl named Meg, her precocious brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin take off along with three, um, ladies(enigmas would be a better word) to rescue Meg and Charles' father who is trapped on the planet of Camazotz. It is a good read with the caveat that it is somewhat hard to understand at the parts when they devote time to talking about physics and other dimensions, but is a good book if you like sci-fi.
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I think this is one those books that everyone should read at least once. I LOVE YOU CHARLES WALLACE.
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this is a fascinating book, though also a bit confusing at points. it stresses morality, so it is a bit of a heavy read for all ages.
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Madeline L'Engle is a wonderful author. This series is among her best.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an excellent book full of imagination. A must read for book fans young and old.
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You are never too old or young to enjoy this book! I love this book. It brings back memories of daydreaming in school!
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I have read this book several times in my life and each time I get something new from it. A delightful book for teens and adults alike.
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Helpful Score: 2
A great read for any age. An imaginative tale of two children and their journey through time and space to bring peace to a dying world.
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I read this book as an adult because my daughter said it was her favorite, she couldn't say why, it just was. She has read a lot of books so that meant something to me. I decided to pick it up and couldn't put it down. It was such a beautiful story of fantasy and wonder with science and spirituality woven in. I will re-read it and suggest it always. As an added bonus, I discovered it is first in a six book series! I love that and read them all immediatly.
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I read this book so long ago that I don't remember details...just that it was VERY good.
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There's a reason this is one of the best-loved children's books of all time. It's rich with imagination, has characters you can really relate to, adventure, heroism.... My teacher read it to our class when I was in 4th grade, my kids enjoyed the trilogy, and I enjoyed reading it again as an adult! One of the best!
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This is a wonderful fantasy for anyone to read, especially children. I am A mother that likes to read what her children read before I allow them to read it, and this was of course a wonderful story. It opens the imagination. A must read at any age.
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My son loved it and will be reading other books from this series.
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I still love this story. What a classic for kids. This story is RL:5.8
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Everyone in town thinks Meg Murry is volatile and dull-witted, and that her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. People are also saying that their physicist father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors and an unearthly stranger, the tesseract-touting Mrs Whatsit, Meg and Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin O'Keefe 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. 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 within themselves to find answers.

A well-loved classic and 1963 Newbery Medal winner, 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 triumph of good over evil. The companion books in the Time quartet, continuing the adventures of the Murry family, are A Wind in the Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which won the American Book Award; and Many Waters. Every young reader should experience L'Engle's captivating, occasionally life-changing contributions to children's literature. (Ages 9 and older)
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A must read for every child. This book should be on every child's bookshelf. A classic! Meg considers herself ordinary. In a family of geniuses thats a tough act to swallow, but harder yet is her father's mysterious disapearance. Meg is convienced he is alive but stuck and her mom is equally adament. Meg assisted by her brother Charles Wallace, and new found friend Calvin go off on a sci-fi adventure to rescue her dad, assisted by 3 odd ladies and a concept called the tesseract Meg learns she isn't as ordinary as she seems and triumps over evil to save her dad.
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I really loved this book. No wonder it is so famous! It spins a world of science and a regular world together and it results in a complicated, yet easy to understand world. This book was definitely one of the best books I have ever read.
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Fun story with great characters and relationships.
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This is one of my two all-time favorite books!
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A Favorite. Although my daughter is 20, she won't give it up! It is tucked away in the garage with her other favorite items.
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My 6th grade teacher read this book to our class daily in the Spring semester. There were students who never read anything, interested in what happened next. L'Engle expands the reader's mind, but doesn't do it in a way that would be misunderstood. She draws you into the world and you are wanting to know what happens to Meg and Calvin. Will they rescue Meg's father? What about Charlie? "A Wrinkle in Time" drives the reader to understand what happens next in the series after the end. I was never one who was interested in Sci-Fi/Fantasy, that was my mom's love, but L'Engle doesn't write like your typical Sci-Fi/Fantasy author. I encourage everyone that reads this book to read the entire series. (Also, check out the movie with Gregory Smith as the star.)
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a very interesting book for readers 10-13!
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I remember reading this book when I was a child. It took me away to a different world and I absolutely loved it. My daughter has now read A Wrinkle In Time and feels the way I did.
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My 7 year old loved it, though I read it with her and it was a little dark in places. I would recommend it generally for 10 and up.
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i read it many years ago, but i still remember how much i loved it.
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My 9yr old son really enjoyed this book. He had to read it for his book club. We ended up ordering the rest of the series.
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Fun book to read. Din't quite think the ending wrapped up all issues though.
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One of the best books I read during adolescence. Loved it so much I read at least 10 to 15 other books by L'Engle during my teens.
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I read this when I was in middle school and thought it was great. Since then I've been trying to find and what do ya know? My friend brought it up and I was so excited to finally know the title again. Great read for anyone.
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A very charming book that will take you away to another world. Beautifully descriptive and mesmerizing.
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Quick read. Great fantasy.
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A great beginning to a good series. This and the Narnia chronicles were the first fantasy books I read as a kid. It's still one of my favorites, although I think that Swiftly Tilting Planet is the best of the series.
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A Great read. Very deep. Especially in the views of the inhabitance of the different worlds.
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It has the general apperance of being science fiction.. but it is not.. There is a mystery, mysticism , a feeling for brooding horror
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I have always heard of this book but had never read it. It reminded me of the Chronicles of Naria but much smaller.
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Not my favorite L'engle book, but a lot of people love it.
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Had to read for Children's Literature course. Good fantasy, but hard for "younger ones" to follow. Need to be around 7th or 8th grade to enjoy this book.
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Beautiful cover illustration on this mass market reprint of a classic.
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a vry exciting thought provoking book
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This book was read by my teacher to my 3rd grade class. While it has been over 15 years since then, this book has stayed with me. It is a great read for youth. It is one that I am going to be reading to my children soon. My oldest is in 3rd grade now, and I think it's a little advanced for him to read his self. I will greatly enjoy reading it to him.
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The book is a classic and loved by many. However, the author should have chosen a profession reader to record it. She is irritating.
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This book was very good to listen to with kids around. had just enough twist and action to hold me, and my daughter absoluly enjoyed it as well.
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Lovely book!!! I hadn't read this since I was a little kid, and I really enjoyed the story and allegory as an adult.
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What a wonderful book! Great book for all ages. I am ordering the rest of the set, and I can't see what happens to the characters next.
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Delightful book with a good message.
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Amazing. Confusing at first, but as you get farther into it, you just can't put it down.
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I loved this book when I read it as a kid. I still liked it as an adult. I think we all fantasize about time travel, and this gives a logical though uncontrollable way of achieving it. This book was used as a book club choice for adults & young adults. Of the entire group, only one person didn't like it. We also read "When you Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead. This was not as universally liked by the group, but the two tie together. If you read and like "A Wrinkle in Time" you might try the our other choice - it's kind of creepy, and a real page turner in my mind.
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I enjoyed this book when I was a kid, and I enjoyed it as an adult. Some of the concepts flew over my head when I was younger that made the book more interesting as an adult. Great book!
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I love this book, and I love the series. I ordered this book because I lent out my copy and needed another to lend to my boyfriend.
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I never read this as a child. Reading it as an adult, I found that the author was not just writing a fantasy story, but teaching a lesson. It was wonderful. I am going to read the rest of this series. #2) A Wind in the door, #3) A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and #4) Many Waters.
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Classic tale way ahead of its time. A young girl must find her father who has vanished.
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This Newbery Award winning classic is an enchanting read. I loved the fact that Meg was the true hero. Of course, she had some help from Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, her father, and Calvin, a new friend. However, one is not certain that evil is really defeated leaving the door open for another novel.
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This book was a little too sci-fi for me. I thought it would be more of a fantasy story. The only part that really held my interest was the Calvin/Meg storyline and in the end, that didn't live up to what I expected either.
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I bought this book for a book club I joined. However, I found it really boring and stopped reading it.
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Extrememly worth reading at any age!!!! The ending was too blunt for me, I would have liked a little more to read at the end...but otherwise a definate reader!
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A classic for children teens and adults reread it before I posted it forgot how good it was
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Good story, captivating.
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Read this for the first time recently and I must say I wasn't totally crazy about it. I like C.S. Lewis better. Maybe it's just not my genre!
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Very cool fantasy/adventure story
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I don't understand why this was such a classic. The writing style was uninspired. The story seemed to be written in sections by either changing authors or changing moods. Was there an editor? Not interesting characters and a little strange. Didn't this kick off a series of books? Strange. I have no desire to read this to my kids.
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A must have read for everyone!! I remember first reading the Wrinkle in Time series back when I was in middle school. I loved the adventures and time traveling. I strongly recommend reading the series following. I loved all the books!
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I remember reading this book for the first time at age 11 (I don't think you need to be a teenager to read/enjoy it) -- I loved it.... I agree with other reviewers that one gets something new each time it's read, and that it's good for adults as well. Madeleine L'Engle has been one of my favorite authors for almost 30 years and remains to to this day!
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I liked it a lot!
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i good read for young reading that likes adventurer or sci-fi. Read it at lest five times myself.
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Overall a decent read however I struggled finishing it, it didn't hold my attention. Partly because I find it difficult to imagine crossing over dimensions.
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This is one of my favorite stories. I read it 75 times and i never get tired of it.
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ok... this book was pretty strange. i still can't figure out if i love it or hate it
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I thought I had read this as a child but it was published after I was an adult. I was kind of disappointed but I guess my tastes have changed. Harry Potter held my interest as an adult but this one didn't.
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I read this book mainly because my son wanted to read it. I'd heard it was an amazing sci-fi book. I don't think I'd call it amazing. Imaginative, perhaps. It had far more religiosity than I expected. I can see why the author stated that the publishers of its time didn't know what to do with the book. While some consider it a children's book, its underlying theme is actually quite deep. I'm glad I read it so I could see what it was about. I doubt I'll read the others in the series though.
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"A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of famiyl ties as key to overcoming them."--Carol Platt Liebau, author, in the New York Post


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)
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An enjoyable book and I look forward to reading the others.
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Delightful!
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A decent fantasy novel for a young reader. Excellent characters, but the plot kind of hits a wall near the end.
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I read this the first time when I was probably 8 years old. It's still a great book.
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Really interesting!
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great at any age.
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Classic fantasy.
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Smaller than I expected.
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classic read
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It is a must read!
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I had to read this for class. My professor loves this book but I didn't see why it was so great.
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Remem ber this is a used swap. Books has been read by several in the family.
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My book has a different cover and is the 1973 edition.
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classic children's tale
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Different cover than the above - classic wonderful tale!
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I don't know.
I never read it.
But it looks wierd.