Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time: This is Book 1 of the Time Quintet Series

Disney released “A Wrinkle in Time” as a movie. It’s also a powerful audiobook.

A Wrinkle in Time is a fantasy, science fiction book that will delight you: It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother came down to the kitchen for a midnight snack. Suddenly, a most disturbing stranger arrived at their home.

“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 (if 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.

The Re-Release Includes an Audio Version

In 1962, Madeleine L’Engle debuted her novel A Wrinkle in Time, which would go on to win the 1963 Newbery Medal. Bridging science and fantasy, darkness and light, fear and friendship, the story rose to the level of a classic of children’s literature and children around the world love it.

Disney took this delightful story to the silver screen! With an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and newcomer Storm Reid, the major motion picture brings the world of Wrinkle to life for a new generation of fans.

This movie tie-in edition of the timeless novel features the complete, unabridged original text; an introduction by the film’s director, Ava DuVernay (Selma); and eight pages of photos from the movie.

Journal for "A Wrinkle in Time"
If your teen is naturally creative, they will love using the journal developed as an accompaniment to “A Wrinkle in Time.”

The Audio Version

I love listening to audiobooks while I cook, clean, or simply relax. This delightful sci-fi fantasy by Madeleine L’Engle is a joy to listen to!

The book features a girl named Meg Murry. Meg’s world revolves around her family — a mother, missing father, younger brother, and twins. Young Meg is a girl much like I was at that age. You see, she’s perfectly smart, but others don’t see that in her. All they see is a kid who’s always in trouble and who wears the dreaded “four-eye” glasses. Who’s ever going to take a kid like that seriously? So, she doesn’t seem to match the school’s ideas of what the daughter of brilliant parents should act like in school.

Background

Meg’s father disappeared several years ago. All they know is that the government sent him on some secret mission.

And yet, the government isn’t forthcoming on his current whereabouts, and the town is buzzing with speculation about where he may have gone. Is there another woman?

Or, is he dead? Meg doesn’t believe any of it. She knows he’s out there and she’s determined to do whatever it takes to bring him home. (Meg has no idea how far this wish may take her.)

The Main Characters

Also, younger brother, Charles Wallace, is also a misfit in the community her parents brought them to. Although both parents are brilliant scientists, they haven’t been able to harness Charles Wallace and Meg’s brilliance in the classroom and their community.

When a boy from the community, Calvin, shows up one afternoon, Meg and Charles Wallace are thrust into an adventure like no one has ever experienced before.

Three charming older women, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which appear in a cottage in the woods and Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin are swept into a universe that includes far more than the Milky Way. Honestly, they add a beautiful level of understanding and humor to the story.

In the end, this is a book about good and evil, friendship, loyalty, faith in oneself, and love. Every modern school library should have a copy.

About the Audiobook:

Hope DavisAva DuVernayMadeleine L’Engle, and Charlotte Jones Voiklis narrate the book.

Switch between reading the Kindle book & listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. 

About the Author

Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems, and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.

The later years

Then she went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing.
She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. Also, she worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years—A Small Rain and Ilsa—before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.

She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store and brought it to life for 9 years.

They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career.As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life.

She began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh’s death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and wrote over 60 books. She enjoyed being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren.

Take a minute to watch the movie trailer

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Fans of Elle Burton and the Reflective Portals will love this book!

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