A Wrinkle in Time and Related Readings (Literature Connections)

A Wrinkle in Time and Related Readings (Literature Connections)

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by Madeleine L'Engle

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate


Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world. This special edition has been redesigned and includes an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis that includes photographs and memorabilia, the author’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech, and other bonus materials.

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Children's Literature
Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, L'Engle's work of fantasy and science fiction combined with some Christian theology has now been read by several generations of young enthusiasts. The author went on to write three others, forming a quartet based on the Murry family, and including themes like the power of love and the need to make responsible moral choices. In this story, Meg Murry, her extraordinary little brother Charles Wallace, and schoolmate Calvin O'Keefe make the acquaintance of eccentric Mrs. Whatsit and friends (who turn out to be extraterrestrial beings). Together they journey through a wrinkle in time, a tesseract, to rescue the Murrys' missing father from an evil presence (likened by some interpreters to a black hole), and a sinister brain called IT. Although this is fantasy, the characters are portrayed realistically and sympathetically; it is Meg's ability to love that enables them to return safely to Earth and make secure the right to individuality. L'Engle herself claims that she does not know how she came to write the story; "I had no choice," she says, "It was only after it was written that I realized what some of it meant." A plus with this new edition is an essay by Lisa Sonne that explores scientific concepts related to the story—multiple dimensions, dark energy, and string theory. Each of these concepts were conceived since the book's 1962 publication but are amazingly applicable to A Wrinkle in Time, and help to ensure that this imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future. 2005 (orig. 1962), Laurel Leaf/Random House, Ages 9 up.
—Barbara L. Talcroft

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Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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"Now, don't be frightened, loves," Mrs. Whatsit said. Her plump little body began to shimmer, to quiver, to shift. The wild colors of her clothes became muted, whitened. The pudding-bag shape stretched, lengthened, merged. And suddenly before the children was a creature more beautiful than any Meg had even imagined, and the beauty lay in far more than the outward description. Outwardly Mrs. Whatsit was surely no longer a Mrs. Whatsit. She was a marble-white body with powerful flanks, something like a horse but at the same time completely unlike a horse, for from the magnificently modeled back sprang a nobly formed torso, arms, and a head resembling a man's, but a man with a perfection of dignity and virtue, an exaltation of joy such as Meg had never before seen. No, she thought, it's not like a Greek centaur. Not in the least.

From the shoulders slowly a pair of wings unfolded, wings made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry.

Calvin fell to his knees.

"No," Mrs. Whatsit said, though her voice was not Mrs. Whatsit's voice. "Not to me, Calvin. Never to me. Stand up."

"Ccarrry themm," Mrs. Which commanded.

With a gesture both delicate and strong Mrs. Whatsit knelt in front of the children, stretching her wings wide and holding them steady, but quivering. "Onto my back, now," the new voice said.

The children took hesitant steps toward the beautiful creature.

Meet the Author

Madeleine L’Engle (1918–2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.


Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.


Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 12, 1918
Date of Death:
September 6, 2007
Place of Birth:
New York, NY
Place of Death:
Litchfield, CT
Smith College, 1941

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A Wrinkle in Time and Related Readings (Literature Connections) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This is a good, but it is SO confusing. My fave part is when Meg has to go back to Camozotz to save Charles Wallace from IT... a living, breathing, discusting, slimy, brain.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good book because it is a mysterious book. It is a book about these young kids looking for Meg's father with the help of 3 older ladies that have the power to take them to places by flying and other ways. The best part of the novel was when the kids and the ladies go to different dimensions. This book has the charcteristics of Fantasy. One of the part that was fantasy was when this lady flies to different planets. On a scale from 1-5, I would give this book a 3. I would also recommend this novel to someone else because this is a really mysterious novel and someone who loves mysteries would love to read this novel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
To me the book A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L`Engle is like a puzzle. During the book it gives you piece by piece until the puzzle is complete. The worst part of this novel would be when they transfer galaxies because it gets confusing. This book is considerd fantasy because the character can tracel to different galaxies in mere seconds and the characters can transform into differnt creatures. I highly rcommend this book to a person in Jr. high or above but not to a young student in Elementary school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book so much when I was growing up that I wore the binding on the school copy! I had completely forgotten about the magic of this book during the process of growing up in a world that is most times very nasty. My sister is really into Harry Potter and to me this is just history repeating itself. I will definately revisit this book and introduce it to my sister.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 2nd grade teacher first recommended this book to me. I read it then, and since that time (I'm 17 now) I've reread it many times. Each time I read it, I enjoyed it more & learned more about the characters. Reading the other books in the series also made it more interesting. Everyone should read this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have not yet finished the book but so far it is outstanding. It was on a school reading list for some town. If teachers agree it has to be good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was AWESOM it was a mystery, adventure and sci-fi book wraped in 1. I would recommend it to anyone!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way the author told the story. It was worded in a way that kept you interested and on the edge of your seat!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book!A very touching story,about how a family risks their lives for each other. An interesting story that is somewhat confusing but comes together at a certain point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was horrible! I would have given it no stars if it were possible. The one character cries over everything and the rest are just scary. Out of all the books I read this was the worst.