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Happy reading!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is the classic story for youth by Madeleine L'Engle, and the winner of the Newberry Medal. It is the story of Meg Murry, an awkward pre-teen girl, who wears glasses and braces, loves math but struggles in other subjects, and is the prototypical heroine in this coming of age story. But the ordinariness of the story's heroine doesn't carry over to the plot, which involves the disappearance of Meg's father, the appearance (more or less--one doesn't quite materialize) of three fairy godmother-witches, and the discovery of time travel.

The main characters, Meg, her youngest brother Charles Wallace, and a friend from school named Calvin O'Keefe, embark on an adventure to find and save Meg and Charles Wallace's father from IT, an evil force that seems intent on stripping people (or other beings) of their free will. Their three witch friends turn out to be celestial beings who are helping combat the evil IT which is a force throughout the entire Universe. The children learn that their special gifts, and in particular, traits Meg might not have previously seen as positive ones, save the day.

Beyond the engaging and mysterious introduction, including the mention of the "tesseract"--the ability to travel through time--the plot becomes vaguely similar to Narnia series, with travel to unusual planets, an overarching battle between good and evil, and strong religious overtones. At least L'Engle leaves some room for different interpretations of the religious aspects of the story.

A Wrinke in Time was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1962. Older elementary readers or pre-teens would likely enjoy this book.

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