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A Wrinkle in Time

byMadeleine L'engleAs told byMadeleine L'engle

Paperback | May 1, 2007

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Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.

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. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.

A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a movie from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.

This title has Common Core connections.

Praise for A Wrinkle in Time:

"A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books of all time. I've read it so often, I know it by heart. Meg Murry was my hero growing up. I wanted glasses and braces and my parents to stick me in an attic bedroom. And I so wanted to save Charles Wallace from IT." -Meg Cabot

"A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place." -Cory Doctorow

"[L'Engle's] work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum." -Scott Westerfeld

"A Wrinkle in Time taught me that you can tackle even the deepest and most slippery concepts of physics and philosophy in fiction for young readers. It's a great lesson for all writers, and a tough tesseract to follow." -David Lubar

"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

Books by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
An Acceptable Time

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson: A graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic.

Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson: Visit the world of A Wrinkle in Time in this standalone story!

The Austin Family Chronicles
Meet the Austins (Volume 1)
The Moon by Night (Volume 2)
The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)
A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!
Troubling a Star (Volume 5)

The Polly O'Keefe books
The Arm of the Starfish
Dragons in the Waters
A House Like a Lotus

And Both Were Young


The Joys of Love

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 Wri...
Title:A Wrinkle in TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.68 × 5.16 × 0.69 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312367546

ISBN - 13:9780312367541

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Too many gaps and questions left unanswered, it felt very rushed. Definitely suited for a younger audience as kids don't typically question things as much. Like the idea of the story, however.
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Did not meet expectations I was not someone who grew up with this story and actually never went further than chuckling at the title in the bookstore when I was little. I decided it to pick it up this summer and was underwhelmed. The characters were not realistic which the fantastical setting really could have used. For a sciency, fantasy loving child adult, I would recommend this. Otherwise, don't bother. #IndigoEmployee
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK Fun and easy read. I enjoyed the sci-fi theme and other allusions that the author weaved in. But at the same time, it was also somehow boring. It's possible that my expectations were too high.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favorite! This classic is such a whimsical read full of adventure and twist of events! Love Love Love this book.
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from boring and hard to get into I found this book boring and very difficult to get into or follow. Perhaps it needed more imagination than what I have but I did not like it. Once I watched the movie though I was better able to 'picture' the story and therefore understand it better. This book was not for me.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! What a great book to show imagination and thought put into detail! This is a great book for any teacher to use for a novel study!!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle in Time (revisited) Looks like: children’s drawing of a dream adventure Sounds like: science fantasy Tastes like: whimsy Smells like: woods and space Feels like: Returning to an old story you’ve forgotten
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cool and eventful. It's full of twists and turns, unique characters, and interesting plots. I had to push myself to finish this book though, it's really a hit or miss.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Amazing Story Great story! The adventures and concepts are creative and exciting. Excited to integrate parts of the story into future lessons.
Date published: 2018-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic My very first fantasy book. I must have been like 11 years old... I loved it, but back then it was hard to find much in the way of fantasy for kids (now, it's EVERYWHERE!). I recently listened to the audio book, unfortunately the author reads it (not many authors read well). I seem to recall it being much more thrilling as a kid (but I've read a lot more since then). I re-read it again July 2017 in preparation for the movie. More mentions of god and bible references then I remember. It feels dated due to terminology of characters: "gee golly!" But the story still holds up. The movie was horrendous - stick with the book!
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming and nostalgic-feeling I've heard about this book quite a bit and seemed like a classic. Although the writing style is a bit old-fashioned, I found the characters likable and relatable, and overall the story reminded me of the Narnia books. It's a nice read for all ages.
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Been meaning to read it... ...since I was in 6th grade! (20 years ago) Finally did and it was a charming fantasy story.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from bought for my kids... and ended up reading it myself. wanted to read it before seeing the movie with my kids. book was okay but didn't hold my interest and my kids have no desire to read or see movie. Will read the second in the series just to see if it gets any better
Date published: 2018-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the Movie!! I bought this so that I could read this before I saw the movie, I loved it! It was like a spacy version of Alice in Wonderland.
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hit or miss As you can see from the other comments here, you either love or hate this book … But keep in mind as you read other reviews they are probably all from adults .. Read it for yourself ...
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Overall a good read, but I felt it had a lot of holes in it. The writing was a bit confusing and lacked explanation. I love the concept, and if you could forget the holes it was a very interesting read.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Remember this being much better when I was young... Just read this to my 8-year-old daughter and while she LOVED it, I found it painful, forced, overwritten, and sexist.
Date published: 2018-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A dizzying sci-fi fantasy I read this book a year back, and it was interesting, although it was also slightly confusing with all its alien-like events, travelling through space and all the peculiar things that happened, but the author is able to weave a beautiful story in the end, and some events (like when Meg witnesses all the children and mothers moving in perfect sychronozation) will always stay in your mind.
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Impressed I feel bad saying this as I love the concept and the fact that it has the potential to interest so many kids in science and math and expanding their imagination but as an adult I just couldn't get through it. It was SO slow and the writing felt very childish and I know it is a kids book but it was a little much in my opinion. I got 2/3 of the way through it and just couldn't read anymore. I kept falling asleep so I gave up.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not good Movie and book does not apply to contemporary world
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle in Time As much as the math and physics excited me, the story didn't wow me. I will probably not be continuing this series.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book This is a book I had to read for school, it got me into the sci-fi genre. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'll pass Didn't care for the story. Didn't live up to the hype it held.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dark and delightful Another childhood favourite. I read this for the first time when I was about six or seven - a magical ride with the loveliest, most intense imagery. I reread it from time to time, slipping back into that world with as much joy and fascination as when I was a child.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I really wanted to like this book, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book This was probably one of the best books I have ever read as a child. I'm looking forward to comparing the book to the motion picture.
Date published: 2018-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant Children's Story I read it as a 19 year old (as a break from the usual non-fiction I read) and I thought it was a delightful story. Of course the book is meant for children, so a fair amount of suspension of disbelief is needed, but it was a fun light-hearted read.
Date published: 2018-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bit of A Disappointing End There were many good pieces here and I suggest that this would be great for kids. It's a little heavy handed with the metaphors and i was left feeling overall lacking, like the ending wasn't quite right, but i suspect kids will love it anyway. lots of big ideas to think about.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for children and adults! Really enjoyed reading this book! I could not put it down, read it in a day. Fun, scary, curious -- all the feelings that the story made me feel. Can't wait to read this book with students and children!
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this a month ago and I'm so glad I did! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me Not really a fan of this book. I read it back in junior high and now again as a University graduate thinking perhaps perspective would change, but nothing did.
Date published: 2018-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A book filled with many life lessons, no matter how old you are. It's a sweet read, can't waitto read the others in the series
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Favourite This is one of my favourite books. ive read this novel many times and continue to love it each and every time.
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool I got this book and it was amazing it's really cheap for the amazingness of this book. I recommend you buy it!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should i read it? i got this book for christmas a few years back didnt read it, i just recently saw the movie it was great, im thinkinh about reading the book now herad it was good...
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weird This is an odd book. You have to really like science fiction and "alice in wonderland" type of things to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I read this for the first time as an adult in my 30s. Having not read it in my youth, there was no nostalgic factor for me. I actually thought this was okay at best... it felt a little preachy to me, I didn't care for the characters and frankly, it was boring.
Date published: 2018-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this book! I read this book in a class for University. I remember it being magical. There were a lot of different parts I could relate to, but it also challenged my mind to think as a child again!
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting very out there, if you like cs lewis then you would probably like this
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book I never read this book as a child, but decided to read it and found it interesting. I look forward to seeing the movie version.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good a good read but at least for me there were a lot of things going on at the same time
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice This book is a great deal and gas many philosophical anecdotes to keep you dreaming.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good i liked it was the type of book i liked. it was lttle confusing but ok here is about the book: A Wrinkle in Time WrinkleInTimePBA1.jpg First-edition dust jacket Author Madeleine L'Engle Illustrator Ellen Raskin (1960s editions) Country United States Language English Series Time Quintet Genre Young Adult, Science fantasy Publisher Farrar, Straus & Giroux Publication date January 1, 1962 OCLC 22421788 LC Class PZ7.L5385 Wr 1962[1] Followed by A Wind in the Door A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962.[2] The book won the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.[3][a] It is the first book in L'Engle's Time Quintet, which follows the Murrys and Calvin O'Keefe.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Concept This isn't one of my favourites, but it does have an interesting concept. Glad to see they made a movie.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little out there This novel has taken me 3 attempts to get into it. I just cant get past the confusion. Maybe if I read it as a child it would have been a better read.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Story Had never this book as a child but with the movie coming out I decided to read it as an adult. It was quite a lovely story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish I had read it when i was younger!
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I totally adore this book and I plan on reading the rest of the Time Quintent!
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS EVER! The story is so weird yet interesting with all of its amazing aspects that I just love this book so much! Would definitely recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love this! I have read this book so many times and each time its a new adventure!
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, Whimsical, Magical "We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things which are not seen are eternal." A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg, her brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin, as they travel through time and space to rescue Meg's father. Wow. I didn't really have any expectations going into this book, as I mainly wanted to read it so that I could see the movie, but wow. This might have been science fiction, but it felt oh so whimsical and magical that I kept on wanting more and more from it. And it delivered. I wish I had read this as a child, because knowing myself, I know I would have loved it as immensely as I do now. All the characters were loveable, and even the bad guys were fascinating. Truly, I'm not sure what else I could say about this book because words can't possibly describe how much I loved it. If you haven't read this yet, I recommend that you do. I must warn you that there are religious themes within this novel, though, as I know that it bothers some people immensely. But considering how much I love the Chronicles of Narnia, I can honestly say that I don't mind religious themes in books. Anyhow, this was a beautiful, beautiful story, and I can't wait to read the second book. I'll wait a while before I do so, though, because I want these books to last forever. That's how much I loved the first instalment in this series.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Brings back many memories from reading in elementary school
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enduring Kids' / YA / Sci-Fi novel WRINKLE is set in the real time of the Northeastern USA in the fall, ca. 1960. Awkward teenager Meg Murry shares the family home with two younger twin brothers, a young child (Charles Wallace) who is precocious past the point of genius, and her hardworking, scientifically adept mother. Her scientist father has been gone for several years, an absence which is beginning to wear on the family (presumably he is on a "hush-hush" mission for the government), but which adds to Meg's feelings of insecurity and estrangement. It turns out that young Charles Wallace has been in contact with three apparently supernatural women who appear to have been modeled on the Weird Sisters in Shakespeare's <i>Macbeth</i>, though are noticeably more friendly and helpful. They tell Charles, who urgently communicates to Meg, that their father has been located, is being held prisoner on a distant world, and that they alone have the power to save him. Meg, Charles Wallace and Meg's newfound boyfriend Calvin, with much encouragement but little practice advice from the strange women, set off on a mission of rescue to find Mr. Murry. Their travel has been made possible by the use of the Fifth Dimension; specifically a space-and-time flattening device known as a "tesseract." (Scientific details, such as they are, I will leave to the book.) It's hard to recommend this thought-provoking and exciting novel too highly!
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from definitely better than the movie as visually stunning as the movie was, the book is by far much better
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This is a book that I reread every once in a while. Because of all the movie hype I'm going to re-read this before going to see the movie. Well, that was an interesting read. Each time I reread this weird things always strike me. Wow it's such a short book. Wait, what happened? The book is over? It seems lopsided, like the beginning was marching along and then all of a sudden - like L'Engle had to go to the bathroom, poof she scribbles down the ending. Sometimes all the symbolism and allegories hit me front and center and I resent them being rammed down my throat and other times I can glide over them or "tesseract" through them to reach the other side of the story. This reading was informed by the movie (or at least all the trailers, I have yet to see the movie). I had always imagined myself as Meg. Not so much this time. On this reading, it was hard to think of the Mrs.' without thinking of Oprah, Reese and Mindy. It was easier to get rid of Reese and Mindy, but Oprah was speaking those lines in her booming voice throughout this read. That is sometime the problem with movies. It takes stuffed you've enjoyed imagining away and replaces it with a concrete image. Still I was so impressed with the diversity of the cast, the beautiful images I had seen from the trailers it lightly peppered the reading. So, for anyone left on the planet that doesn't know the story, this is the story of a young girl named Meg. Meg is an outsider. She doesn't fit in at school, is impatient, speaks her mind and loves very hard. Meg loves her family foremost. She loves her mother and her twin siblings who seem to fit in so easily. She fiercely loves her youngest brother, Charles Wallace, who is special in his own right. He has the reputation of being odd, dumb and most people don't even think he has the ablilty to speak. The fact is he communicates on a different level. He can read people, especially Meg and always knows when she is troubled and needs him the most. Both of Meg's parents are scientists. Her father has been missing for a few years, away on some super secret mission. The town believes that he has run off to have an affair with another woman. Through Charles Wallace we are introduced to the first of the three Mrs' characters. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which are three guides that help Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin, a local boy whom they befriend for the journey to find Meg's father. Meg's father is trapped fighting It, an evil Black Thing. Learning how to fight against It and saving her family teaches Meg the important values, qualities and traits that are important in life. She learns to rely on herself and realizes that she has more than enough skills to be enough to face any challenge that she may have to face. This book is a fantasy. We get to explore new worlds, travel to different planets where being two dimensional is a way of life! We meet a star who becomes a centaur and beautiful yet terrifying creatures that can heal but are so different we don’t even have the language to describe how. We get to come face to face with what it would mean to throw in the towel. Let someone else be responsible for all the problems. What about what it would be like to just be the same as everyone, I mean we all want to fit in. Well, it’s not a pretty picture. Of course, I still love this book. I can forgive its strong Christian overtones, but wish it was more open ended to allow for all beliefs. I'll just like to remain focused on the overall messages. I also am in love with Meg and her family. She is of course perfectly flawed as we all are and don't we all wish we had a mother that made stew on a Bunsen burner! The relationship between all the siblings is special but of course having a brother who gets you and whom you would do anything for beats it all. Meg's parents are deeply in love and even without hearing from her husband for a long time and hearing all the gossip from the neighbours, the mother is loyal and confident in her husband's love. Calvin's fierce loyalty and protectiveness to Meg is sweet. The battle between good and evil, celebrating your individuality and love triumphing all still makes a great read and why this will always remain a timeless classic.
Date published: 2018-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Overall Good message at the end and hidden treasures if you can find it in the middle of the book.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed Meg, Calvin and Charles Wallace (he is my favourite) I remember reading this when I was younger. I will have to say that it was a good read when I was younger; however, as an adult, not so much. I saw the movie, if I was to pick which one I would recommend it would be the book.
Date published: 2018-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I like Meg and Calvin First. I don't like Mrs. Which speech, or attitude. Second. I liked this story. It's simple and sweet. I like Calvin and Meg together. I like the mystery of Charles Wallace. I like that Meg acts like a child. She represents true fears and frustrations and confusion a child would have. She's not made out to be perfect. I like that she's whiney and full of emotion. Third. The three M's kinda frustrate me. ugh. HELP THEM Four. I like Aunt Beast.
Date published: 2018-03-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Surprisingly bad I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time as a child and loving it. In anticipation of the movie, I decided to re-read it, and was surprised at how poor it was. It has a lot of interesting ideas but none ever really land the way they should. And the characters are all pretty one note. Not only that, but Meg is often undermined, scolded and condescended to by those around her which gets frustrating.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a favourite I expected more from this book as the reviews were mostly very positive. I found this book just ok and nothing great. I don't think I'll bother reading the rest of the books.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book! Purchased for a grandchild, but started reading it myself.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great kids book I'm reading this with my little cousin and she loves it
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoroughly enjoyed One of my favourites as a child! Can't wait to see the movie
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoying this book so far. My daughter and I are half way through this book and are loving it so far, can't wait to see the movie.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Fun Children's Novel I have read this book a few times as a child and once as an adult and my opinion remains - this book is a little overrated. There are some great characters and some very creative ideas but the tension and resolution are lacking in drama at times. But it is a solid story.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic and a Must-Read! filled with imagination and creativity. read this as a kid and was able to relate to the protagonist, one of my all time favourite books.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic This is one of my favourite childhood books, its classic, has a great story line, and its a slightly different style of writing
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wild Rating is actually 3 .5 stars. I feel like maybe if I had read this earlier in my life I would've enjoyed it a lot more. It is basically a classic and I did have a good time reading it but I don't think I was actually prepared at how outgoing it was, and also wasn't prepared for the writing style. I felt like the writing style was a bit choppy and weird to read. Besides that, it was a wild ride and I am glad I got to read it!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Decided to read this before the movie came out, and now i'm even more excited to see this wonderful story translated onto the big screen. A great read for all ages.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! Amazing story for children to read, now a movie adaptation
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Great book for kids of all ages! Strong friendships and positive overall message...be sure to read & see the movie!
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no didn't like it personally. i find the plot line logically inconsistent, but i imagine it would be a great story for a kid
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Somewhat hard The book was hard to get into and I found a fair amount of parts that were hard to understand.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I remember reading this to my kids when they were in elementary school. A great story!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I remember reading this to my kids when they were in elementary school. A great story!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great I remember reading this to my kids when they were in elementary school. A great story!
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic A classic for sure, have read multiple times. Looking forward to the movie adaption.. but I’m partial because the book is always better.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Read this because of the film adaption and I loved it! It has a classic, timeless feel that helps to suck you into the story. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a classic! Such a classic and so excited to see the movie once I reread this.
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book for teens... A mixture of science fiction, classical literature and scripture. I bought this for my neice and she devoured it. Great book for teens and quick read for anyone wanting to be a kid agan.Madeline L'engle is a brilliant author and there are many lessons to be learned from this book. #plumreviews.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my childhood favourites As a kid, this was one of my favourite books ever. Other than Star Wars, it was my first real exposure to Sci Fi. This book does that gently as a sort of Sci Fi/Fantasy hybrid. Madeleine L'Engle is crazy talented and remains one of my inspirations as an aspiring author myself. I finally managed to get myself a copy of this a couple years ago, at a garage sale... I only wish that I'd seen the beautiful cover art and cheaper price of this one earlier!
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Read-Aloud Beautiful book for children and adults alike. Modern classic.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful A beautiful and inspiring novel. Very detailed and very immersive. Both children and adult will enjoy it.
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing It's an amazing book with very deep description. It is very detailed and makes you feel like you are in the story
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Timeless This is an inspiring book that I read as a youngster and can now share with my young daughter. This book belongs in everyone's library.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Beautiful story for older children and adults alike
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from CLASSIC!!!! So pleased to see the upcoming movie making this book popular again! It's a MUST READ and am sure the movie will be a MUST SEE!!!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read for ALL Ages!!! Timeless Classic!! So pleased to see the upcoming movie making this book popular again! It's a MUST READ and am sure the movie will be a MUST SEE!!!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Novel!! So pleased to see the upcoming movie making this book popular again! It's a MUST READ and am sure the movie will be a MUST SEE!!!
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Purchased this book for my 8 year old daughter, as it was under the young readers ages 9-12 year old section. It was far too mature for her, so I decided to give it a shot. Highly recommended. I will make sure she reads this, eventually.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read this book as a kid and I'm surprised they're re-making the movie again. Honestly though the book is amazing and once you pick it up, you can't put it down
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel I read this first as a kid, yet still greatly appreciate the novel, and am looking forward to the movie adaptation's release!
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book Read this book several times. Gets better each time!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I would recommend this read to anyone. Reading this book has been a long time coming for me. I heard of it a long time ago, but until recently, didn’t realize that it was written by a Christian author. Yes, I said Christian. So if that is a turn off to you, then this may not be the read for you as it has a strong Christian influence. I, however, hope that each and every person decides to pick up this read because it has something to offer anyone of any background. Messages being portrayed and those learned by the characters are too good to pass up. World Building A Wrinkle in Time is set initially on Earth, but the town which Meg lives isn’t named. From there, the plot jumps to different worlds including Uriel, Camazotz, and Ixchel. There isn’t a lot to say about the world building. We get a more defined image of Camazotz than anywhere, but a lot is left to the imagination. Each world varies immensely from one another. Uriel is a place of mythical beings and fantasy. Camazotz is technically-inclined, and Ixchel is straight from the belly of the Sci-Fi genre. Pacing & Readability While the plot is consistent, it is consistently slow-going.From the way I perceived it, when something did happen, it happened rapidly and without much explanation or walk-through. I felt that certain areas, especially the finale, could have been drawn out much more, and ended in not so “perfect” of a way. It seemed too easy...perhaps I am jaded. Point-of-View & Characters A Wrinkle in Time is told from the third-person point of view, but mainly hovers over Meg’s character. Being the main protagonist, we learn most about Meg’s character and get to know her the best. It’s a bit disappointing, because Charles Wallace is incredibly intriguing. Meg’s other brothers, Sandy and Dennys Murray, hardly get any page time but didn’t do much to add to the plot either. Meg's parents also aren't delved into with much depth, besides the fact that their work on the tesseract is extremely important. Calvin, a schoolmate of Meg’s, comes from a large family where he isn't noticed much. A jock at school, Meg hasn’t interacted with him much. But when she and Charles Wallace come across him at the haunted house, he tags along on their adventure. Throughout the book, Calvin becomes romantically interested in thirteen-year-old Meg, who reciprocates the feelings. The Mrs. W’s are an interesting, mysterious lot. My first instinct was to think that Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit represented the Holy Trinity. The three are billions of years old, and they possess qualities of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But reading further, it’s clear that they are only supernatural beings, like guardian angels to the trio, as they also give praise to God throughout. IT, a massive disembodied brain, and The Black Thing, a black cloud that shrouds overtaken worlds are the antagonists in the story. Representing all things evil, IT desires to control all and enslave humanity to its bidding. Major Themes ⇒ The dangers of Group Think: People who love freedom will love this major theme throughout the book. When the trio arrives on Camazotz, they are confronted by a rather odd scene. Everything, and everyone is in sync. They move mechanically, identically. Then, a glitch occurs with a kid who loses control of his ball, and that is when the trio realizes the true danger that they are facing. The idea that one mind controls all other is terrifying. There is no freedom of thought, individuality, or even faults. In this world where IT has taken over, a nearly perfect dictatorship occurs, where no one can deviate from IT's influence in any way. ⇒ Love conquers all: As always, love is the answer. Not cutesy love, but deep, selfless, and sacrificial love, which Meg demonstrates when she returns to Camazotz to free her brother Charles from IT's influence. ⇒ Good vs. Evil - Parallels to Christianity: The theme of good vs. evil is obviously an overarching theme. The Mrs. W's are the forces of good, guiding Meg and the gang through strategies to overcome the forces of evil. However, the guardians cannot defeat the evil themselves and require Meg, her brother, and Calvin to step up in order to overcome evil. References to God and the Bible are prevalent throughout this book and serve as inspirational, motivational, and instructional influences for the characters. ⇒ Interactions of science and faith: Yes, you read that right. In a world that is constantly trying to prove that these to subjects don't belong in the same realm, L'Engle shows that they do, and they can. Inspired by her studies in quantum physics, she created a science-infused story combined with Christianity. Overall Feelings Things that I liked: ⇒ The overall creativity. ⇒ There is room allowed for imagination (the story is not overtold!) ⇒ The meaning and purpose. Things that I didn’t like: ⇒ Meg’s overall disposition and unlikeability. ⇒ The pacing, and lack of some detail in important areas (as in the world building.) ⇒ Calvin and Meg’s insta-lovey relationship. I’m glad I took so long to getting around to this review. When I initially finished reading this book, I wasn’t blown away by it. However, now that I’ve had a lot of time for it to stew, I find that I appreciate it more and more...and more. L’Engel’s perceptiveness of the world is obvious and majorly contributes to the overall awesomeness that A Wrinkle in Time reflects. I read another of L’Engle’s books last year, Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art where she discusses her artistic expression and how it coincides with her faith. In that book, she talks about her journey (because it took a while to get this series published) with A Wrinkle in Time. Majority of the people who turned her down thought the series was too strange. However, (and I agree with L’Engle) I believe it’s because this book was misunderstood. There is true brilliance behind this concept, that it may just take the freedom of a child’s mind to grasp. As adults, our thoughts become adulterated with perceptions that we miss the grander scheme of things. There were times when I was wishing for more detail, then I realized that that’s the point: we are supposed to use our imagination when we read. The main reason I gave this book only three and a half stars was because I wasn’t a big fan of Meg as the protagonist, and found her quite irritating. Despite that fact, I really enjoyed the overall concept and would recommend this read to anyone. Vulgarity: None. Sexual content: None. Violence: None. My Rating: ★★★½
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood favourite One of my first fantasy favourites as a child. It's about siblings entering another time dimension to save / find their missing father.
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lovely A traditional classic, super fun and brings back old memories
Date published: 2018-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Classic Great book, should be required reading for young people
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome, ya So totally amazing book. Well written. Would so recommend.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books from childhood! I loved reading a Wrinkle in Time when I was in elementary school and enjoy it just as much now as I read it with our grandson. Ms. L'engle's characters are well written and easy to get to know. So looking forward to them coming to life on the big screen.
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can’t wait for the movie What a classic book that takes you on a great adventure! A timeless story that I’m super thrilled to see in theatres
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Childhood story When I was young I had trouble reading, as much as I loved to read. I read this book so many times it is hard to express my love of this story. I know not everyone has the same experience but this is one of the three books that really sparked my reading candle as a young child.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from no. I'm so disappointed to see this book being made into a movie with such amazing people because there wasn't a single moment I though Yes! I must keep reading. Any school required book was better than this one.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book! The story is pretty good, though not too intellectual.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still a great story! Loved it in high school english class in high school and still fun as an adult.
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Canl’t wait!!! Just bought this and can’t wait to read this book....very excited for the movie!!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing such a great classic, will always remember reading this in class.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from shamwoohoo AWIT started off slow for me. It takes time to get the story started and a sense of who the characters are and what they're mission is. However, it grabs your attention out of the blue. All of a sudden you're 150 pages in and can't put the book down. The characters are so easy to love, they all have good qualities, the six bandits begin to grow on you. Definitely, worth the purchase, you will not regret it. So enthralling!
Date published: 2018-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic! I remember reading this in school and really enjoying it. I re-read it before giving it to my niece and I felt it held up to being a great story!!
Date published: 2018-02-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I really tried to like it. I know this is a classic and I normally like classic fantasy but I could not get into this one. I realize that it was written in the 60's but I felt dated in a way other classic fantasy does not.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! A story I wish I had read as a child! very captivating with extraordinary young characters that you don't see in books all of the time.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wrinkle in time. Not my cup of tea, but still a great book. If this one interests you, you should read it before the movie comes out.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really interesting and imaginative story, a classic must read!
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story This is a wonderful story I can go back and read again. I can't wait for the movie to see it brought to life.
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adorable story Very abstract and imaginative
Date published: 2018-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning Read this book for the first time. Can't believe it's taken me so long to read it. I fell in love with the story and can't wait to see how they turn it into a movie. Hopefully the magic and beauty stays!
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very captivating I read this recently and reminded me of my childhood when I first read this. It made me feel the tingles of the past and I was enlightened for the rest of the day
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ozzie “It was a dark and stormy night.” How can you resist a story that begins like this? You can feel it will be a good one. Published in 1962, “A Wrinkle in Time” initially got rejections from multiple publishing houses. Several years after its’ publication, the book won a Newberry Book Medal and became a children’s classic. It is the first book of the “Time” series by Madeleine L’Engle.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A very good read:) I normally don't like science-fiction books. But this was a fabulous book. I recommend this book to everyone!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind blowing Bought this and read it over and over.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great story I remember my grade 7 English Teacher read this book out loud. I loved it back then and have since read the series to my son.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This story is so captivating, I read the whole series as a teenager and I've just picked them up again recently. Good for those who love fantasy and sic-fi!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEAUTIFUL!!! A MAGNIFICIENT book for all ages!!! A MUST HAVE!!
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from magnificent story! this is such a good read! read it when i was 12, reread it again and relived some of those memories - nostalgic :') i can't wait for the movie! definitely read the book before you watch the movie!!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Book! This book is so imaginative. I remember reading this as a teen and absolutely loving it. I could not put it down. Everything about it is lovely. I am so glad that I ordered a copy so that I could reread it.
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT book! I loved this book so much more the second time reading it as an adult. Really solidifies my love for Madeleine L'Engle.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Re-read as an adult I just read this book again after not reading it in over a decade. Madeleine L'engle was my all time favourite author all through middle school. I devoured her books and then would read them all again. I'm now in my late 20's and doing my first reread of her books since my teens and am enjoying them just as much. I love so much about these books. I am excited for my children to be old enough to enjoy them as well.
Date published: 2017-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun A fun and whimsical tale, sure to fire up your imagination
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved is then, Love it now I loved this story as a child and as an adult I love it and appreciate it all the more.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST AND MOST CONFUSING BOOK OF ALL tiME Such a lovely storyline that really gets you thinking! Rereading it before the Oprah movie comes out!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Book! I had to read this book in elementary school and I really enjoyed it. In interesting and imaginative book.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An absolute classic a beautiful book and a fun read for kids. There's a film coming out next year so I made sure to have my daughter read the book this year so she could get excited. It's a classic that still intrigues kids today and once you get reading it you can't put it down. I highly recommend it to everyone
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A true classic An endless classic to be enjoyed by infinite generations.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting book. Not at all what I had expected but it was certainly good.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Certainly interesting and outstanding, This book really shows the power of love and how it can conquer all evil in the world. Good vs Evil.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I bought this book a few months ago and just finished reading it. It is definitely a book that everyone at some point in their lives must read
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from re reading as an adult Re-reading this as an adult and it is so much better than I remembered! I am so excited for the movie!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best I loved this book as a child and recently decided to read it again as an adult. I was not disappointed, it's captivating, imaginative, and lovely as ever.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! a book everyone needs to read at one point in their life.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! a good price, this book is definitely one that everyone at one point needs to read. honestly, the characters, story, etc., makes this book enjoyable by all ages. writing an essay on it though? not the best..
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Brilliant! One of my childhood favourites. The story pulls you in to a seemingly real but abstract world- so interesting and enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite A story that has stuck with me throughout my life. Absolutely wonderful and a must read for anyone who enjoys indulging their imagination.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I had to read this in school and while it wasn't totally awful, it wasn't that great either. If I hadn't been forced to read it, I probably would never have picked it up
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A classic for sci-fi and fantasy lovers This is obviously a must-read for anyone into fantasy and/or sci-fi. I didn't read this as a child, but went back and read it as an adult. Clearly the plot has inspired many writers since. As an adult, I did find the book a bit heavy-handed but would recommend for young adults.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love this book! This was the first book of Madeleine L'Engle's that I read, and I just loved it. Since then, I have read so many other of Ms. L'Engle's works and they are all wonderful. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant writing! It's been many, many moons since I read this gem. It was a high school required reading assignment and I loved every second, every word, every page of this book. This book gave my imagination wings and nourishment to my creative soul. Brilliant.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like time travel, then you will certainly get a kick out of this piece.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Time Travel Adventure! This novel had a great wow factor. I thoroughly enjoyed the creativity and reading this novel took me to unimaginable fantasy places I would have never imagined. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A New Favorite I will admit that this was a high school english book I didn't like and never read (stupidity of youth, not trying a new book genre) however I always wondered what happened and decided to pick it up and try again. It was such a fun read! I kick myself for not reading it earlier. I can't wait to share it with my kids. And I guess I hopped on board just in time for the new movie (which I am excited to see!). #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Wait for the Movie L'eagle's writing is so wonderful; I hope it translates to movie well. I'm rereading this book as an adult and enjoying it even more.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nostalgic favourite Beautiful book! I love L'engle's surprising cast of characters. One of my favourite books from my childhood.
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book There is just something about this book.... I was first introduced to it in elementary school when the librarian read a few chapters to us in story time. A little was not enough, and as soon as I had a chance I got my hands on the book to read the whole thing. I revisited the book in high school and used it as a source for one of the best English class essays I ever wrote. It's a book from my childhood that I don't reread often, but I am never disappointed when I feel the urge to reread. I can't remember how long it has been since I last reread it, but long enough that I had forgotten bits - which is always fun. It is a simple story, simply told... but at the same time complex and stimulating. The message is classic and clear, and could easily become preachy... but manages not. It stirs the imagination and the soul. This book makes me feel like a child again, and it makes me want to be a better person. I don't know. There's just something about this book.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from read this a long time ago still a great book! better for children between 8-12 though because it's a little hard for adults to imagine what's going on. I remember it being better when I was 10
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not quite as expected #plum review Had meant to read this book, and series, for years. I had heard good things about it, but it wasn't what I expected in a book for children. I knew there was time travel involved, but the story just didn't live up to my expectations.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but doesn't live up to the hype
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anticipating the new movie version I am not a re-reader but this is a book (and series) that I've read multiple times. I can't wait to see what the new movie version will be like.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Diabolical Entertaining and thought-provoking fantasy for tweeties. In the end, the occult wins out over organized religion. The author takes a light-hearted approach to diabolical possession and seems seriously confused over basic theological and philosophical ideas. Christian kids should probably avoid this one or read with care.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good read A good read. slow to build
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from classic Read this book as a kid, and it stands the test of time. A good, well written book that holds your interest very well.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing A really unique and wonderful book. Strange, but good.
Date published: 2017-01-15

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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Edition1MRS WHATSITIT 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 with her blouse torn and a big bruise under one eye.Sandy and Dennys, her ten-year-old twin brothers, who got home from school an hour earlier than she did, were disgusted. "Let us do the fighting when it's necessary," they told her.--A delinquent, that's what I am, she thought grimly. --That's what they'll be saying next. Not Mother. But Them. Everybody Else. I wish Father--But it was still not possible to think about her father without the danger of tears. Only her mother could talk about him in a natural way, saying, "When your father gets back--"Gets back from where? And when? Surely her mother must know what people were saying, must be aware of the smugly vicious gossip. Surely it must hurt her as it did Meg. But if it did she gave no outward sign. Nothing ruffled the serenity of her expression.--Why can't I hide it, too? Meg thought. Why do I always have to show everything?The window rattled madly in the wind, and she pulled the quilt close about her. Curled up on one of her pillows, a gray fluff of kitten yawned, showing its pink tongue, tucked its head under again, and went back to sleep.Everybody was asleep. Everybody except Meg. Even Charles Wallace, the "dumb baby brother," who had an uncanny way of knowing when she was awake and unhappy, and who would come, so many nights, tiptoeing up the attic stairs to her--even Charles Wallace was asleep.How could they sleep? All day on the radio there had been hurricane warnings. How could they leave her up in the attic in the rickety brass bed, knowing that the roof might be blown right off the house and she tossed out into the wild night sky to land who knows where?Her shivering grew uncontrollable.--You asked to have the attic bedroom, she told herself savagely.--Mother let you have it because you're the oldest. It's a privilege, not a punishment."Not during a hurricane, it isn't a privilege," she said aloud. She tossed the quilt down on the foot of the bed, and stood up. The kitten stretched luxuriously, and looked up at her with huge, innocent eyes."Go back to sleep," Meg said. "Just be glad you're a kitten and not a monster like me." She looked at herself in the wardrobe mirror and made a horrible face, baring a mouthful of teethcovered with braces. Automatically she pushed her glasses into position, ran her fingers through her mouse-brown hair, so that it stood wildly on end, and let out a sigh almost as noisy as the wind.The wide wooden floorboards were cold against her feet. Wind blew in the crevices about the window frame, in spite of the protection the storm sash was supposed to offer. She could hear wind howling in the chimneys. From all the way downstairs she could hear Fortinbras, the big black dog, starting to bark. He must be frightened, too. What was he barking at? Fortinbras never barked without reason.Suddenly she remembered that when she had gone to the post office to pick up the mail she'd heard about a tramp who was supposed to have stolen twelve sheets from Mrs. Buncombe, the constable's wife. They hadn't caught him, and maybe he was heading for the Murrys' house right now, isolated on a back road as it was; and this time maybe he'd be after more than sheets. Meg hadn't paid much attention to the talk about the tramp at the time, because the postmistress, with a sugary smile, had asked if she'd heard from her father lately.She left her little room and made her way through the shadows of the main attic, bumping against the ping-pong table. --Now I'll have a bruise on my hip on top of everything else, she thought.Next she walked into her old dolls' house, Charles Wallace's rocking horse, the twins' electric trains. "Why must everything happen to me?" she demanded of a large teddy bear.At the foot of the attic stairs she stood still and listened. Nota sound from Charles Wallace's room on the right. On the left, in her parents' room, not a rustle from her mother sleeping alone in the great double bed. She tiptoed down the hall and into the twins' room, pushing again at her glasses as though they could help her to see better in the dark. Dennys was snoring. Sandy murmured something about baseball and subsided. The twins didn't have any problems. They weren't great students, but they weren't bad ones, either. They were perfectly content with a succession of B's and an occasional A or C. They were strong and fast runners and good at games, and when cracks were made about anybody in the Murry family, they weren't made about Sandy and Dennys.She left the twins' room and went on downstairs, avoiding the creaking seventh step. Fortinbras had stopped barking. It wasn't the tramp this time, then. Fort would go on barking if anybody was around.--But suppose the tramp does come? Suppose he has a knife? Nobody lives near enough to hear if we screamed and screamed and screamed. Nobody'd care, anyhow.--I'll make myself some cocoa, she decided.--That'll cheer me up, and if the roof blows off, at least I won't go off with it.In the kitchen a light was already on, and Charles Wallace was sitting at the table drinking milk and eating bread and jam. He looked very small and vulnerable sitting there alone in the big old-fashioned kitchen, a blond little boy in faded blue Dr. Dentons, his feet swinging a good six inches above the floor."Hi," he said cheerfully. "I've been waiting for you."From under the table where he was lying at Charles Wallace'sfeet, hoping for a crumb or two, Fortinbras raised his slender dark head in greeting to Meg, and his tail thumped against the floor. Fortinbras had arrived on their doorstep, a half-grown puppy, scrawny and abandoned, one winter night. He was, Meg's father had decided, part Llewellyn setter and part greyhound, and he had a slender, dark beauty that was all his own."Why didn't you come up to the attic?" Meg asked her brother, speaking as though he were at least her own age. "I've been scared stiff.""Too windy up in that attic of yours," the little boy said. "I knew you'd be down. I put some milk on the stove for you. It ought to be hot by now."How did Charles Wallace always know about her? How could he always tell? He never knew--or seemed to care--what Dennys or Sandy were thinking. It was his mother's mind, and Meg's, that he probed with frightening accuracy.Was it because people were a little afraid of him that they whispered about the Murrys' youngest child, who was rumored to be not quite bright? "I've heard that clever people often have subnormal children," Meg had once overheard. "The two boys seem to be nice, regular children, but that unattractive girl and the baby boy certainly aren't all there."It was true that Charles Wallace seldom spoke when anybody was around, so that many people thought he'd never learned to talk. And it was true that he hadn't talked at all until he was almost four. Meg would turn white with fury when people looked at him and clucked, shaking their heads sadly."Don't worry about Charles Wallace, Meg," her father hadonce told her. Meg remembered it very clearly because it was shortly before he went away. "There's nothing the matter with his mind. He just does things in his own way and in his own time.""I don't want him to grow up to be dumb like me," Meg had said."Oh, my darling, you're not dumb," her father answered. "You're like Charles Wallace. Your development has to go at its own pace. It just doesn't happen to be the usual pace.""How do you know?" Meg had demanded. "How do you know I'm not dumb? Isn't it just because you love me?""I love you, but that's not what tells me. Mother and I've given you a number of tests, you know."Yes, that was true. Meg had realized that some of the "games" her parents played with her were tests of some kind, and that there had been more for her and Charles Wallace than for the twins. "IQ tests, you mean?""Yes, some of them.""Is my IQ okay?""More than okay.""What is it?""That I'm not going to tell you. But it assures me that both you and Charles Wallace will be able to do pretty much whatever you like when you grow up yourselves. You just wait till Charles Wallace starts to talk. You'll see."How right he had been about that, though he himself had left before Charles Wallace began to speak, suddenly, with none of the usual baby preliminaries, using entire sentences. How proud he would have been!"You'd better check the milk," Charles Wallace said to Meg now, his diction clearer and cleaner than that of most five-year-olds. "You know you don't like it when it gets a skin on top.""You put in more than twice enough milk." Meg peered into the saucepan.Charles Wallace nodded serenely. "I thought Mother might like some.""I might like what?" a voice said, and there was their mother standing in the doorway."Cocoa," Charles Wallace said. "Would you like a liverwurst-and-cream-cheese sandwich? I'll be happy to make you one.""That would be lovely," Mrs. Murry said, "but I can make it myself if you're busy.""No trouble at all." Charles Wallace slid down from his chair and trotted over to the refrigerator, his pajamaed feet padding softly as a kitten's. "How about you, Meg?" he asked. "Sandwich?""Yes, please," she said. "But not liverwurst. Do we have any tomatoes?"Charles Wallace peered into the crisper. "One. All right if I use it on Meg, Mother?""To what better use could it be put?" Mrs. Murry smiled. "But not so loud, please, Charles. That is, unless you want the twins downstairs, too.""Let's be exclusive," Charles Wallace said. "That's my new word for the day. Impressive, isn't it?""Prodigious," Mrs. Murry said. "Meg, come let me look at that bruise."Meg knelt at her mother's feet. The warmth and light ofthe kitchen had relaxed her so that her attic fears were gone. The cocoa steamed fragrantly in the saucepan; geraniums bloomed on the windowsills and there was a bouquet of tiny yellow chrysanthemums in the center of the table. The curtains, red, with a blue-and-green geometrical pattern, were drawn, and seemed to reflect their cheerfulness throughout the room. The furnace purred like a great, sleepy animal; the lights glowed with steady radiance; outside, alone in the dark, the wind still battered against the house, but the angry power that had frightened Meg while she was alone in the attic was subdued by the familiar comfort of the kitchen. Underneath Mrs. Murry's chair Fortinbras let out a contented sigh.Mrs. Murry gently touched Meg's bruised cheek. Meg looked up at her mother, half in loving admiration, half in sullen resentment. It was not an advantage to have a mother who was a scientist and a beauty as well. Mrs. Murry's flaming red hair, creamy skin, and violet eyes with long dark lashes, seemed even more spectacular in comparison with Meg's outrageous plainness. Meg's hair had been passable as long as she wore it tidily in braids. When she went into high school it was cut, and now she and her mother struggled with putting it up, but one side would come out curly and the other straight, so that she looked even plainer than before."You don't know the meaning of moderation, do you, my darling?" Mrs. Murry asked. "A happy medium is something I wonder if you'll ever learn. That's a nasty bruise the Henderson boy gave you. By the way, shortly after you'd gone to bed his mother called up to complain about how badly you'd hurt him.I told her that since he's a year older and at least twenty-five pounds heavier than you are, I thought I was the one who ought to be doing the complaining. But she seemed to think it was all your fault.""I suppose that depends on how you look at it," Meg said. "Usually, no matter what happens, people think it's my fault, even if I have nothing to do with it at all. But I'm sorry I tried to fight him. It's just been an awful week. And I'm full of bad feeling."Mrs. Murry stroked Meg's shaggy head. "Do you know why?""I hate being an oddball," Meg said. "It's hard on Sandy and Dennys, too. I don't know if they're really like everybody else, or if they're just able to pretend they are. I try to pretend, but it isn't any help.""You're much too straightforward to be able to pretend to be what you aren't," Mrs. Murry said. "I'm sorry, Meglet. Maybe if Father were here he could help you, but I don't think I can do anything till you've managed to plow through some more time. Then things will be easier for you. But that isn't much help right now, is it?""Maybe if I weren't so repulsive-looking--maybe if I were pretty like you--""Mother's not a bit pretty; she's beautiful," Charles Wallace announced, slicing liverwurst. "Therefore I bet she was awful at your age.""How right you are," Mrs. Murry said. "Just give yourself time, Meg.""Lettuce on your sandwich, Mother?" Charles Wallace asked."No, thanks."He cut the sandwich into sections, put it on a plate, and set it in front of his mother. "Yours'll be along in just a minute, Meg. I think I'll talk to Mrs Whatsit about you.""Who's Mrs Whatsit?" Meg asked."I think I want to be exclusive about her for a while," Charles Wallace said. "Onion salt?""Yes, please.""What's Mrs Whatsit stand for?" Mrs. Murry asked."That's her name," Charles Wallace answered. "You know the old shingled house back in the woods that the kids won't go near because they say it's haunted? That's where they live.""They?""Mrs Whatsit and her two friends. I was out with Fortinbras a couple of days ago--you and the twins were at school, Meg. We like to walk in the woods, and suddenly he took off after a squirrel and I took off after him and we ended up by the haunted house, so I met them by accident, as you might say.""But nobody lives there," Meg said."Mrs Whatsit and her friends do. They're very enjoyable.""Why didn't you tell me about it before?" Mrs. Murry asked. "And you know you're not supposed to go off our property without permission, Charles.""I know," Charles said. "That's one reason I didn't tell you. I just rushed off after Fortinbras without thinking. And then I decided, well, I'd better save them for an emergency, anyhow."A fresh gust of wind took the house and shook it, and suddenly the rain began to lash against the windows."I don't think I like this wind," Meg said nervously."We'll lose some shingles off the roof, that's certain," Mrs. Murry said. "But this house has stood for almost two hundred years and I think it will last a little longer, Meg. There's been many a high wind up on this hill.""But this is a hurricane!" Meg wailed. "The radio kept saying it was a hurricane!""It's October," Mrs. Murry told her. "There've been storms in October before."As Charles Wallace gave Meg her sandwich Fortinbras came out from under the table. He gave a long, low growl, and they could see the dark fur slowly rising on his back. Meg felt her own skin prickle."What's wrong?" she asked anxiously.Fortinbras stared at the door that opened into Mrs. Murry's laboratory, which was in the old stone dairy right off the kitchen. Beyond the lab a pantry led outdoors, though Mrs. Murry had done her best to train the family to come into the house through the garage door or the front door and not through her lab. But it was the lab door and not the garage door toward which Fortinbras was growling."You didn't leave any nasty-smelling chemicals cooking over a Bunsen burner, did you, Mother?" Charles Wallace asked.Mrs. Murry stood up. "No. But I think I'd better go see what's upsetting Fort, anyhow.""It's the tramp, I'm sure it's the tramp," Meg said nervously."What tramp?" Charles Wallace asked."They were saying at the post office this afternoon that a tramp stole all Mrs. Buncombe's sheets.""We'd better sit on the pillowcases, then," Mrs. Murry said lightly. "I don't think even a tramp would be out on a night like this, Meg.""But that's probably why he is out," Meg wailed, "trying to find a place not to be out.""In which case I'll offer him the barn till morning." Mrs. Murry went briskly to the door."I'll go with you." Meg's voice was shrill."No, Meg, you stay with Charles and eat your sandwich.""Eat!" Meg exclaimed as Mrs. Murry went out through the lab. "How does she expect me to eat?""Mother can take care of herself," Charles said. "Physically, that is." But he sat in his father's chair at the table and his legs kicked at the rungs; and Charles Wallace, unlike most small children, had the ability to sit still.After a few moments that seemed like forever to Meg, Mrs. Murry came back in, holding the door open for--was it the tramp? It seemed small for Meg's idea of a tramp. The age or sex was impossible to tell, for it was completely bundled up in clothes. Several scarves of assorted colors were tied about the head, and a man's felt hat perched atop. A shocking-pink stole was knotted about a rough overcoat, and black rubber boots covered the feet."Mrs Whatsit," Charles said suspiciously, "what are you doing here? And at this time of night, too?""Now, don't you be worried, my honey." A voice emerged fromamong turned-up coat collar, stole, scarves, and hat, a voice like an unoiled gate, but somehow not unpleasant."Mrs--uh--Whatsit--says she lost her way," Mrs. Murry said. "Would you care for some hot chocolate, Mrs Whatsit?""Charmed, I'm sure," Mrs Whatsit answered, taking off the hat and the stole. "It isn't so much that I lost my way as that I got blown off course. And when I realized that I was at little Charles Wallace's house I thought I'd just come in and rest a bit before proceeding on my way.""How did you know this was Charles Wallace's house?" Meg asked."By the smell." Mrs Whatsit untied a blue-and-green paisley scarf, a red-and-yellow flowered print, a gold Liberty print, a red-and-black bandanna. Under all this a sparse quantity of grayish hair was tied in a small but tidy knot on top of her head. Her eyes were bright, her nose a round, soft blob, her mouth puckered like an autumn apple. "My, but it's lovely and warm in here," she said."Do sit down." Mrs. Murry indicated a chair. "Would you like a sandwich, Mrs Whatsit? I've had liverwurst and cream cheese; Charles has had bread and jam; and Meg, lettuce and tomato.""Now, let me see," Mrs Whatsit pondered. "I'm passionately fond of Russian caviar.""You peeked!" Charles cried indignantly. "We're saving that for Mother's birthday and you can't have any!"Mrs Whatsit gave a deep and pathetic sigh."No," Charles said. "Now, you mustn't give in to her, Mother, or I shall be very angry. How about tuna-fish salad?""All right," Mrs Whatsit said meekly."I'll fix it," Meg offered, going to the pantry for a can of tuna fish.--For crying out loud, she thought,--this old woman comes barging in on us in the middle of the night and Mother takes it as though there weren't anything peculiar about it at all. I'll bet she is the tramp. I'll bet she did steal those sheets. And she's certainly no one Charles Wallace ought to be friends with, especially when he won't even talk to ordinary people."I've only been in the neighborhood a short time," Mrs Whatsit was saying as Meg switched off the pantry light and came back into the kitchen with the tuna fish, "and I didn't think I was going to like the neighbors at all until dear little Charles came over with his dog.""Mrs Whatsit," Charles Wallace demanded severely, "why did you take Mrs. Buncombe's sheets?""Well, I needed them, Charles dear.""You must return them at once.""But Charles, dear, I can't. I've used them.""It was very wrong of you," Charles Wallace scolded. "If you needed sheets that badly, you should have asked me."Mrs Whatsit shook her head and clucked. "You can't spare any sheets. Mrs. Buncombe can."Meg cut up some celery and mixed it in with the tuna. After a moment's hesitation she opened the refrigerator door and brought out ajar of little sweet pickles.--Though why I'm doing it for her I don't know, she thought, as she cut them up.--I don't trust her one bit."Tell your sister I'm all right," Mrs Whatsit said to Charles. "Tell her my intentions are good.""The road to hell is paved with good intentions," Charles intoned."My, but isn't he cunning." Mrs Whatsit beamed at him fondly. "It's lucky he has someone to understand him.""But I'm afraid he doesn't," Mrs. Murry said. "None of us is quite up to Charles.""But at least you aren't trying to squash him down." Mrs Whatsit nodded her head vigorously. "You're letting him be himself.""Here's your sandwich," Meg said, bringing it to Mrs Whatsit."Do you mind if I take off my boots before I eat?" Mrs Whatsit asked, picking up the sandwich nevertheless. "Listen." She moved her feet up and down in her boots, and they could hear water squelching. "My toes are ever so damp. The trouble is that these boots are a mite too tight for me, and I never can take them off by myself.""I'll help you," Charles offered."Not you. You're not strong enough.""I'll help." Mrs. Murry squatted at Mrs Whatsit's feet, yanking on one slick boot. When the boot came off, it came suddenly. Mrs. Murry sat down with a thump. Mrs Whatsit went tumbling backward with the chair onto the floor, sandwich held high in one old claw. Water poured out of the boot and ran over the floor and the big braided rug."Oh, dearie me," Mrs Whatsit said, lying on her back in theoverturned chair, her feet in the air, one in a red-and-white striped sock, the other still booted.Mrs. Murry got to her feet. "Are you all right, Mrs Whatsit?""If you have some liniment I'll put it on my dignity," Mrs Whatsit said, still supine. "I think it's sprained. A little oil of cloves mixed well with garlic is rather good." And she took a large bite of sandwich."Do please get up," Charles said. "I don't like to see you lying there that way. You're carrying things too far.""Have you ever tried to get to your feet with a sprained dignity?" But Mrs Whatsit scrambled up, righted the chair, and then sat back down on the floor, the booted foot stuck out in front of her, and took another bite. She moved with great agility for such an old woman. At least Meg was reasonably sure that she was an old woman, and a very old woman at that.Mrs Whatsit, her mouth full, ordered Mrs. Murry, "Now pull while I'm already down."Quite calmly, as though this old woman and her boots were nothing out of the ordinary, Mrs. Murry pulled until the second boot relinquished the foot. This foot was covered with a blue-and-gray Argyle sock, and Mrs Whatsit sat there, wriggling her toes, contentedly finishing her sandwich before scrambling to her feet. "Ah," she said, "that's ever so much better," and took both boots and shook them out over the sink. "My stomach is full and I'm warm inside and out and it's time I went home.""Don't you think you'd better stay till morning?" Mrs. Murry asked."Oh, thank you, dearie, but there's so much to do I just can't waste time sitting around frivoling.""It's much too wild a night to travel in.""Wild nights are my glory," Mrs Whatsit said. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course.""Well, at least till your socks are dry--""Wet socks don't bother me. I just didn't like the water squishing around in my boots. Now, don't worry about me, lamb." ("Lamb" was not a word one would ordinarily think of calling Mrs. Murry.) "I shall just sit down for a moment and pop on my boots and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."Mrs. Murry went very white and with one hand reached backward and clutched at a chair for support. Her voice trembled. "What did you say?"Mrs Whatsit tugged at her second boot. "I said," she grunted, shoving her foot down in, "that there is"--shove--"such a thing"--shove--"as a tesseract." Her foot went down into the boot, and grabbing shawls, scarves, and hat, she hustled out the door. Mrs. Murry stayed very still, making no move to help the old woman. As the door opened, Fortinbras streaked in, panting, wet and shiny as a seal. He looked at Mrs. Murry and whined.The door slammed."Mother, what's the matter!" Meg cried. "What did she say? What is it?""The tesseract--" Mrs. Murry whispered. "What did she mean? How could she have known?"A WRINKLE IN TIME. Text copyright © 1962 by Crosswicks, Ltd. Introduction copyright © 2012 by Katherine Paterson. Afterword copyright © 2012 by Charlotte Jones.

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