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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.

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle

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A Wrinkle in Time is the epitome of children’s fantasy.  It is shrouded in mystery and magic and even an intergalactic rescue!  The story is fast paced and intelligent and the characters are endearing.   Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which have to be some of the strangest names for characters ever thought up, but they are among my favorite characters of all time!  They are different and strange; mystical and powerful; and sometimes very silly!   Charles Wallace is sweet and intelligent.  He not only uses his brain, but he has common sense as well.  Meg is bungling and awkward and full of faults—but that is, funny as it may sound, her saving grace.  Calvin is smart and popular, yet lonely…until he finds Charles Wallace and Meg and the trio of old ‘ladies’.  They all come together with one purpose in mind:  To thwart the Black Thing and save the father of Meg and Charles!  There is so much packed into this little novel.  There are stories and quotes from Mrs. Who that are cryptic but meaningful.  We have lessons on time travel—all the dimensions are explained (with pictures!) to the children in a way that we can all understand and remember; and all the while, we aren’t bogged down by so much information, but kept intrigued by the mysteriousness of it all.  A beautiful portrayal of good vs evil and of what lengths we will go to save the ones we love! 

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The violence consists of a few characters tackling other characters in order to help them, and some characters hitting others (mostly during tantrums of sorts).  On the Dark Planet, if people even get sick they are ‘put to sleep’ (killed).  This is only mentioned in passing and is not elaborated upon. 


There are only 2 or 3 uses of profanity, and they are mild.  I read this out loud to my small children and they really enjoyed it!

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The main theme of this book has to do with good fighting evil, and overcoming all odds to save our loved ones.  With this comes a few thing to ‘talk about’ such as the loneliness of being different (and yet the importance of individuality!), love within a family, and fighting against evil.  IT (the ‘boss’ of the evil) is scary and sort of creepy—not just its physical aspect, but that it tries to confuse and take over.  The Black Thing is also a scary concept.  The idea of a Dark Planet (one who has given in to the Black Thing) may be a little disturbing. 

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Reviewed By Emily
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