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Wrinkle in Time, A

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It was a dark and stormy night.

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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.

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

"An exhilarating experience."     ~Kirkus Reviews

"A Wrinkle in Time was rejected by at least 26 publishers, because it was, in L’Engle’s words, 'too different' due to it having a female hero as a lead character - something unheard of at the time; and because it 'deals overtly with the problem of evil, was too difficult for children, and was it a children’s or an adults’ book, anyhow?' Some early accusations centered around rhetoric that it was pro-communist - a hot-button issue for the politically-unstable 1960’s.

A Wrinkle in Time has been mostly banned by various religious groups. Chief among them, the Jerry Falwell ministries, accuse the book of containing offensive language, and argue that it undermines religious beliefs and challenges their idea of God. Some people think it’s too Christian, while others think it is not Christian enough. In addition to quotes from various philosophers, poets, and playwrights (notably Shakespeare), the novel contains several references to Biblical verses.

L’Engle was the official writer-in-residence at New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which is known for being in the liberal wing of the Episcopal Church. Her Christian viewpoint shows throughout much of her fantasy series in much the same way as C.S. Lewis’ did in his works."       ~R. Wolf Baldassarro, Banned Books Awareness

Author L'Engle, Madeleine
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 211 pp.
Publisher Yearling Books 1997
Series Wrinkle in Time Trilogy, Book 1
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