A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Published: 1962

Genre: children’s science fiction

Length: 190 pages

Setting: New England and various planets in the universe, 1960s

Interest: I convinced Mr. Curiosity we should read the book as his bedtime story.

Summary: The Murry family has been out of sorts ever since Mr. Murry disappeared on a top-secret mission. Meg and Charles Wallace are the most affected in the family. They are drawn into a rescue mission, along with Calvin (a neighbor boy), by Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit. Mr. Murry has been trapped by the Dark Thing on Camazotz. Charles Wallace gets drawn into the mind of the Dark Thing, and Meg has to figure out how to save him and her father, without getting drawn in herself.

Final thoughts: I still love L’Engle’s writing. I remember reading this book as a child and not really understanding all of what went on. I still loved the book. L’Engle’s characters are so real. Poor Meg has many faults, but she wants to do right, if only she can figure out what the right thing is. The vision of Camazotz, where everyone is exactly the same, is surprisingly chilling.

The book worked fine as a read-aloud, with no awkward phrasing or really long chapters. Mr. Curiosity enjoyed the book as well and asked to read the next book in the series, so I count that as a success.

Title comes from: A wrinkle in time is a tesseract, which is how the characters travel through space and time.

Awards won: Newbery Award in 1963

Reading challenges fulfilled: 21/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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