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A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle
As told by Madeleine L'engle

Square Fish | May 1, 2007 | Trade Paperback

A Wrinkle in Time is rated 4.2581 out of 5 by 31.
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I''ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn''t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L''Engle''s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O''Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg''s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
 
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.58 × 5.23 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312367546

ISBN - 13: 9780312367541

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Book From My Youth - Just as Great Now as Then I first read "A Wrinkle in Time" when I was a young girl. I thought it was a great book then and it's still a great book. After finding out that one of the younger members in our book club had never heard of this book, never mind read it, we decided we had to rectify that by choosing it as this month's main read. The over-lying basics of a science fiction/fantasy book are very apparent in "A Wrinkle in Time": time travel, other life forms, planets, and stars that leave behind their soul when they die. What's also so evident in this book is the battle between good and evil, love and hate, God, individuality, personal strength, and acceptance for those who are "different' and the gifts they hold. You can't help but fall in love with all of the characters in this book. I haven't read any of the other books in Madeleine L'Engle's books that feature Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin...but I just might...
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fun! A winrkle in time is a favourite loved by many children. Reading it for the first time in grade 5, I found that it had many elements that kept me guessing and wanting to know more. There's the magical elements, which inlcludes the magical places they visit. There's the suprising elements when things don't go the children's way or they have to learn to deal with a new situation. There is the accomplishment element, when the children reunite with a lost loved one. So many more! Great book to read to your children or for them to read themselves. There are also three more follow up books which ensures that the journeys never end! Great book, and great author! I also have other books that she has written. These specific books capture the imagination of children and clearly leave a long lasting impression on them as well. I would reccomend this book to anyone with young children or if they, themselves are young at heart. It's just a world that you could get lost in for hours (reading about it of course!) If you have read this book, and did enjoy it, I definiately reccommend the corressponding books as well as anything else written by Madeleine L'Engle. She has made her way into my list of top authors for sure!
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really good book We had to read this book in English class and I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed this book because it has a lot of details and it is exciting. I couldn't wait to read the end so I can find out what happens. I think that people in high school and up because sometimes it is hard to read. But I highly recommend it. i didn't really like the end because it was boring.
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There is a reason this is a classic I just finished Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. I really liked it. I was a little confused at first but decided to just roll with it. As I was reading I started to wish I read it as a kid when everything was possible. I think it would have made more sense at the beginning too. I found myself thinking too linearly to full get what was going on. I had to consciously tell myself not to try to make sense out of certain things. Overall fantastic story, everyone must read this one at least once.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a Classic I'm fully grown and I still love this book. A quicky mixture of sci-fi and philosophy thats still fun to read.
Date published: 2009-03-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from not what I was expecting Didn't like it ... I"m not the audience that it was intended for (ages 9-12 - I think), but still - the main character - Meg ... was infuriating. The 3 witches were ... lacking ... i just didn't like it. I thought it was going to be a much better read then it turned out to be. I'd recommend Edward Tulane over this one ... any day .... but ... then again ... the two are not really in the same realm ... this one is for readers who liked Philip Pullmans dark materials series ... another one I didn't seem to see what all the buzz was about.
Date published: 2009-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An important novel that teaches us about ourselves No other young adult fiction that I’ve come across has been as spiritually themed as A Wrinkle in Time, a story that is intrinsically pure in its message of faith, hope and belief in goodness. For some, this is precisely the reason they turn away from it, but for me, it is just another reason to embrace it. The fight between good and evil is left in the hands of three children; Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend, Calvin. As they voyage through space and time using the fifth dimension and the assistance of three bewildering ‘ladies,’ they must penetrate the shadowing 'Black Thing,' and confront its brain, the evil and poisonous ' IT.' For Meg and Charles Wallace, the significance of their journey is tenfold as they bear the responsibility of trying to locate and free their father from this unknown dimension and its demonic clutches. Madeleine E’ngle has created a world where we can acknowledge and appreciate that humans are flawed, that pride and arrogance defeat us and that sometimes only a willing suspension of disbelief can keep us from losing our way. We become vigilantly aware that it is the ignorance and fear of the different or unknown that plagues humanity, and that patience, sacrifice and love are all necessary shields that need bear in the face of conflict. I look forward to sharing this extraordinary story with any and everyone I can. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2009-02-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great read Meg and her little brother, Charles go out to find their father with three strange beings...whule their mother has no knowledge of them. Both parents are scientists, resulting the father getting trapped in another dimension. In this strange dimension. Will they find their father and escape safely? Will they be a happy family? This was the very first science-fiction I've ever read.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No Good... This book is soooooooooooo boring.. i think its one of the worst books i have read in a long time. We are reading it as a novel study in school.. it sucks.. not for anyone except for people who like old times or very weird writing styles... anyway all the people reading it i know dont like it either..
Date published: 2008-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wrinkle I read this such along time ago. I really loved it though it is truly one of classics of children's literature.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tremendous!!! I read this book back in the mid-1970s. I've re-read it and the series several times. Its the type of book that can be re-read much more than 1 time.
Date published: 2007-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spiritual Science Fantasy Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time can be classified as a science fantasy because it has elements of both the fantasy and science fiction genres in it. Charles Wallace, his sister Meg, and their new friend Calvin travel through time and space with the help of three unique ladies who aren't all they appear to be. They must fight IT to save Mr. Murry and return him safely home. The story is imaginative, but I must say, it is a bit heavy with spiritual undertones, blatant religious messages and direct biblical quotes. It's still a classic for children though, and well worth the read.
Date published: 2007-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!! A wrinkle in time is a great book! I LOVED it! I think it was the best book in the Time Quartet. Great job Madeleleine L'engle!
Date published: 2007-01-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Confusing but good book A Wrinkle in Time is a truly remarkable book, it incorporates a fantasy like world with science fiction to get a truly remarkable book. My mom’s friend recommended that I read this book in the summer of 04’. I looked at the book and it did not exactly fit my tastes so I did not read it. Only recently did I read it and it was because I had no other books I wanted to read so I decided to read it. After reading it I can see why it won the Newbery medal. Meg is the oldest child in her family. She has two twin brothers and one younger brother Charles. Their father left the family a year or two ago to work for the government. After the first month or two he stopped sending letters home and the government said he was on a top secret mission. One night there is a large thunder storm outside so Meg goes down to the kitchen to get some hot coco. Waiting for her is Charles with two cups of coco. She sits down and eventually her mom comes down and has a cup too. A while latter the storm still has not let up and an old lady comes in the door. Charles says that while taking their dog for a walk he met her. Mrs Whatsit as she calls her self just stays for a short time before leaving. The next day Meg and Charles go to visit Mrs Whatsit and find some one else there, an older boy from Meg’s school, Calvin. The three of them go to see Mrs Whatsit and her friends who stay with her in her haunted house in the woods, Mrs Who and Mrs Which. They say they will visit the three of them when the time is right. No one understands but accepts what the three lady’s say. Meg invites Calvin over for dinner that night and they eat as usual. After dinner Calvin and Meg go out side, shortly followed by Charles. Just after Charles comes out the three lady’s appear out of nowhere and transport them to a weird planet, the first step to findig their father. In this quest the six of them travel from planet to planet, universe to universe. The only friends they meet are them selves but they encounter many foes on their quest. At one point the three lady’s leave them to complete the quest on their own and they must find their hidden strengths within them selves. I would recommend this book to kids of both genders of of about 13 years old. This book is really exciting and amazingly written with a whole lot of detail put in.
Date published: 2006-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sensational! I read the book because I'm a elementary school librarian (it's my job to read children's literature). I thought this book was just sensational. This book is just unbelivably good! The plot was extremely exciting, and not too messy, but not too clean. It's a must read for anybody. Trust me, Madeleine L'engle has done it. This is her best work of art. The book is a light mix of romance, sci-fi, and adventure. A little hard to understand for younger students, but 6th graders, go for it!!! Grab onto this book and fly into Madeleine L'engle's world!
Date published: 2006-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Horrible!!!!! Dont waste your time reading this book, its a bad book
Date published: 2006-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time This book made me feel scared, but also excited at the same time!! This book has great descriptive words which helped me picture what was happenning. Kind of like watching a movie!! I CAN T WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK!!!!!!! Madeliene L'Engle ROCKS!!
Date published: 2005-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a wrinkle in time This book is the best book on the planet, it is about time travel. Tessering is to travel through time and space. To tell you more I would ruin Madiliene L'engles book. (I don't know how to spell her name)
Date published: 2005-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wrinkled through What a great Book. The suspensful chapter endings and suspensful book ending. What is IT, The Black Thing, Aunt Beast,The Tesseract, Camozotz or Uriel?
Date published: 2004-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A world of fantasy Quite an adventure it was. Especially for a childrens' tale. But at 24 I quite enjoyed it. Very well written. An incredible world it is to visit and get lost in. New friends and confidence and courage found. Discovering yourself and your strengths. I recommend this book to anyone of any age.
Date published: 2002-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle I think that a Wrinkle in time was very good. I liked the adventure that they went through. I'm not sure if I understood the concept of IT the brain. Aunt beast was a very nice character because she took care of meg when she was hurt. I liked Calvin it was very nice of him to care of meg when she was scared. I liked Charels Walace because he knew everything that Meg was thinking. I think that Meg was a character that was scared a little bit too much. Her mother covered her life up with her work a little bit to much. Her Father was not in the story enough so I do not have a opinion on him. the book was very good and I have no futhor apinion. By; mikayla
Date published: 2002-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Ironing Required A sensational book. Science fiction, a touch of mystery, humour and even a hint of romance raise this book above any other in its genre. The evil is powerful without being horrifying, and good triumphs not by braun, but brains and the love of family. Buy it in hardcover, its worth keeping for generations.
Date published: 2000-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world The first time I ever read this book was in grade 4. I had to do a book report over the Christmas holiday and since my sister has left quite a collection of books for me she recommended this one. Now, I may have been a little young but I assure you it had the same impact on me as if I were 50 and reading the same novel. It's a story about a girl who has an undying love for her younger sibling and this story accounts her journey through time and space. It opens up a world that you thought would never exist and books like this help us to realize that there is a world beyond our imaganiation.
Date published: 2000-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All Time Favorite About 13 years ago when I was in gr. 5 my teacher read this book to the class. I enjoyed it so much that I begged my parents to order it for me. Since I have read this book 7 times and placed an order for it so that I can lend it to my book club. This book is a combination of adventure and science fiction. It is very creative, detailed and fun to read. Although it is a short book the author does a wonderful job creating an alternate world for the reader and bringing the book to a close without having the reader feel as though there should be more. I strongly recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 9 - 199. Thanks.
Date published: 2000-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time - A Classic Through Time This book is a classic for all readers. I am 11 and I really enjoyed this book, and my mum did too, while she is.. well, never mind how old she is, old enough to be an adult! :o) This book is great, and is a fantasy and through dimensions book. I really liked the plot and the characters - especially Charles Wallace. I recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2000-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time Whoa, I first read this book in sixth grade novel studies thinking it would be just another boring book like all the other ones I had read. It has adventure, love, ande even a some action. Great!!!!
Date published: 2000-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another "Alice" This is another of those wonderful books that you can read as a young adult for the adventure story and the sci fi, and then rediscover as an adult for the philosophy. I first read it in Grade 8 and find myself rereading it over and over at the ripe age of...well, never mind, but almost twenty years later. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2000-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time The book was very exiting and timeless! As it could have been read 20 year ago and still understood it could be read in 10 years and be understood! I really liked the book cause there it alot of vocabulary! Also it was a book you could read when your bored its an enjoyable book! I'd recommened it to a 12-99 year old person it would be enjoyed by all!
Date published: 1999-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Book I read this book awhile ago. I thought that it was truly remarkable. It blends fiction with reality in a tangible way. I truly enjoyed reading this book, and I recommend it to anyone, regardless of whether they enjoy reading or not. Madeleine L'Engle is a marvelous author!!!
Date published: 1999-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As I said, excellent.... I read this book (in fact, the series) when I was younger, perhaps ten or twelve, and it changed the way I viewed the 'magical unknowns' of the universe... Yes, it's science fiction, but it's also a story of humanity. I would recommend this to any reader, young or old, as long as they still have their sense of wonder!
Date published: 1999-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time A Wrinkle In Time is an excellent book. It is about a family which both parents are time traveling scientists. The father of the family disappears while meddling with a 5th time dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappears. His worried daughter Meg Murry and her brother go on a fantastic journey to save their father. Mrs.L'Engle really captures the story and her writing makes you feel like you are part of the story. And again I incourage read this book and call it your own.
Date published: 1999-03-26

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A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L'Engle
As told by Madeleine L'engle

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.58 × 5.23 × 0.68 in

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312367546

ISBN - 13: 9780312367541

About the Book

Meg's father mysteriously disappears after experimenting with the fifth dimension of time travel. Determined to rescue him, Meg and her friends must outwit the forces of evil on a heart-stopping journey through space and time. A commemorative edition with an Introduction by the author. A Newbery Medal winner.

Read from the Book

A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Edition 1 MRS WHATSIT IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT. In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground. The house shook. Wrapped in her quilt, Meg shook. She wasn''t usually afraid of weather.--It''s not just the weather, she thought.--It''s the weather on top of everything else. On top of me. On top of Meg Murry doing everything wrong. School. School was all wrong. She''d been dropped down to the lowest section in her grade. That morning one of her teachers had said crossly, "Really, Meg, I don''t understand how a childwith parents as brilliant as yours are supposed to be can be such a poor student. If you don''t manage to do a little better you''ll have to stay back next year." During lunch she''d roughhoused a little to try to make herself feel better, and one of the girls said scornfully, "After all, Meg, we aren''t grade-school kids anymore. Why do you always act like such a baby?" And on the way home from school, as she walked up the road with her arms full of books, one of the boys had said something about her "dumb baby brother." At this she''d thrown the books on the side of the road and tackled him with every ounce of strength she had, and arrived home wi
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From the Publisher

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I''ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn''t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L''Engle''s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O''Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg''s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
 
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.

About the Author

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was born in New York City and attended Smith College. She wrote more than 60 books, the most famous of which is A Wrinkle In Time (1962), winner of the Newbery Award in 1963. L’Engle continued the story of the Murry family from A Wrinkle In Time with seven other novels (five of which are available as A Wrinkle In Time Quintent from Square Fish). She also wrote the famous series featuring the Austin family, beginning with the novel Meet The Austins (1960). L’Engle revisited the Austins four more times over the next three decades, concluding with Troubling a Star in 1994. The story of the Austins had some autobiographical elements, mirroring Madeleine’s life and the life of her family. Madeleine L’Engle’s last book, The Joys of Love, is a romantic, coming-of-age story she wrote back in the 1940s, and is being published by FSG.

Editorial Reviews

"Yoo''s cover art is enchanting."--Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)
 
"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
 
"An exhilarating experience."
--Kirkus Reviews
 
"This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future."
--Children''s Literature

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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