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 4.21052631578947 out of 5 by 19.

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, 7.66 × 5.24 × 0.65 in

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Square Fish

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0312367546

ISBN - 13: 9780312367541

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! I accidentally purchased the graphic novel when I wanted the actual novel but this version turned out to be pretty cool! Enjoyed it!
Date published: 2015-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I've ever read! This book was amazing when I was a kid, and it's just as good as an adult. A tremendous story that everybody should read!
Date published: 2014-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wrinkle In Time A fiction book for kids that cater to all age group. A story about the real world and fantasy. The story touches on Science, time travel, Universe, Literature, Languages, family, Angels, Religion and love. A must read! I heard the graphic novel version makes a good addition to one's book collection.
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic A really good book that I remembered reading in school and have reread a bunch of times since.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Son read it and loved it! It was so fun reading this with him! I forgot how good this book was!
Date published: 2013-05-23
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 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 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 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 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

– More About This Product –

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 256 pages, 7.66 × 5.24 × 0.65 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 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
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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