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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.
This creative young adult novel has seen some film adaptations in recent years, but none have been terribly well received. That's something of a pity, because the book is quite sophisticated, but I think much of the allegory and depth is lost when it ends up a dumbed-down Disney movie.
The author also has an interesting story, having been raised in Manhattan, and then on to boarding school in Switzerland. She earned an English degree from Smith College. This was one of her mid-career novels, written between 1959-1960, so it was definitely influenced by an age in transition. Apparently, it was rejected some twenty-six times, before it was finally accepted. Despite a somewhat rocky start, the novel became wildly successful, and spawned an entire series which eventually included five books. The first won the coveted Newberry Medal in 1963, an estimable accolade for a children's book, but it doesn't strike me particularity as children's literature, and perhaps that's the point.
The main protagonist is an awkward girl at an awkward age: thirteen-year-old Meg Murry has a tough time with just about everything. She's bright, but is viewed as a lackluster student (I wonder how much this mirrors the author's own experiences) who is labeled a troublemaker. She gets into fights with people who insult her family, particularly when anyone talks about her youngest brother, often considered to be an idiot (he's actually a misunderstood, stunning child prodigy whose intellectual capacities are so advanced that he's capable of telepathy). Enter another oddball, fifteen-year-old Calvin, who kind of just crosses Meg's path, or so it would seem. Together, the team is swept up in adventure, in the form of three ... beings... Whatsit, Who and Which, who transport the trio to far dimensions, in search of her lost father, a government scientist who has been missing from the family for a year. Despite her scientist mother's desperate searching, it seems that her father has vanished.
The enemy of goodness and light is simply called "The Black Thing," a disembodied supernatural figure who likewise is telepathic, and can possess its victims. I won't include too many spoilers, save to say that the novel is a capable adventure story, which is quite sophisticated for its intended audience. Unless, of course, you're like young Charles Warren.
Many have noted the subtly imbued religious themes throughout the novel, especially the overarching notion that love is the most powerful force in the universe. Some critics' interpretations of it have been somewhat overwrought, however: for example, one prominent scholar has argued that the focus on love and light directly represents Christian love of God and Christ, but I think that's a simplistic over-reading the text, as most religions have love and goodness as a central theme, the one most important to emulate. The author was apparently quite a devout Episcopalian, but I question how much direct reflection the book is of her particular Christian beliefs. As above, I think that it could represent any number of faiths and belief systems, perhaps with the notion that there is no "true" religion, as the principles of love, light and goodness are universal. Seems rather anti-religious-establishment, to me, in fact.
Others have noted that it has a fairly vociferous feminist agenda to it, particularly in the empowered young girl as the main character, which was unusual in a science fiction story at the time. Meg is far from the stereotypical heroine of books in the 50s: she's good at math, and is something of a "tomboy" (but I dislike the term), certainly not the stereotypical demure model girls were expected to emulate. Perhaps what's most intriguing about it is that people seem to read into it what appeals to them, and that's a defining characteristic of a well-told story. Everyone gets something out of it, and interprets its deeper meanings according to their own individual tastes and experiences. To that end, it's certain to be a novel that will remain a popular one for some time to come, appealing to new generations of readers.
I enjoyed this as a child but did't realize it was geared towards elementary age kids. Though the quantum physics aspects of time and space travel, seem out of place in a child's book. A great evil is stalking the universe and Meg, Charles and Calvin must fight it to rescue their father. It's a great coming of age story with religious undertones. I enjoyed the quest and the interaction between the three children, the three wise "women" and the strange creatures. A very good start to the Time Series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
"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)
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.