A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Series #1)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Series #1)

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by Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Davis

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This special edition of A Wrinkle in Time includes a new essay that explores the science behind the fantasy.Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an…  See more details below


This special edition of A Wrinkle in Time includes a new essay that explores the science behind the fantasy.Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Audio
Hope Davis narrates this engaging new audio production of L’Engle’s classic novel. When the troubled and underachieving Meg Murry’s physicist father goes missing, Meg—along with her younger brother, Charles, and friend Calvin—warps across the universe in an attempt to find him. The trio is aided by three angels, Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, who use Dr. Murray’s mysterious tesseract project to whisk the children through space and time. Davis delivers pitch-perfect narration that captures the spirit of the author’s prose. She also creates distinct voices for the book’s many characters, most notably the petulant Meg and enthusiastic Calvin. Listeners are in for a real treat—and longtime L’Engle fans will delight in Davis’s outstanding performance, which breathes new life into this acclaimed fantasy title. Ages 10–up. (Jan.)
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
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)
Yoo's cover art is enchanting.
Carol Platt Liebau
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.
Meg Cabot
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.
Cory Doctorow
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.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–9—The 50th anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery award-winner, A Wrinkle in Time (Farrar, 1962), has spurred the rerecording of her science fiction/fantasies. Highly praised, A Wrinkle in Time launched what became a succession of books with intergalactic, intracellular, and time travels featuring socially-challenged Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin O'Keefe, who later became Meg's husband. In Wrinkle, they rescue Meg's physicist dad from the clutches of "It"—a mind-controlling entity. A Wind in the Door (Square Fish, pap. 2007) has Meg, Calvin, and fantastical creatures slipping into the mitochondria of a very-ill Charles Wallace. In A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Square Fish, pap. 2007), a teenaged Charles Wallace transcends time and danger to alter history so the world is no longer threatened by a belligerent dictator. Though Calvin is out of town, Charles is assisted by a grown, pregnant Meg through mind-to-mind flow. Though written decades ago, all three novels connect with current headlines on bullying, societal conformity, dangerous microorganisms, and potential threats of nuclear aggression. After an introduction spoken by L'Engle, Hope Davis narrates A Wrinkle in Time with careful intensity. Narrator Jennifer Ehle brings verve and emotional clarity to the other two titles. The sound quality is excellent. While some listeners who have enjoyed these titles originally read by L'Engle may miss the author's interpretation of her text, they will find that Davis and Ehle add youthful energy to these works. L'Engle's modern classics are school and public library standards, and these new recordings are a very good way to fill in any gaps.—Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

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Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
Time Quintet Series, #1
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

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From the New Introduction
A Stardust Journey with A Wrinkle in Time
By Lisa Sonne

A Wrinkle in Time was written before any human had walked on the moon or sent rovers to Mars. It was a time before cell phones and personal computers, before digital cameras, CDs, and DVDs, before the fiction of Star Trek, Star Wars, and The Matrix, and before the realities of the space shuttle, the Mir space station, and the International Space Station. Science has changed dramatically as generations of children and adults have read the book since it was first published in 1962. Those scientific advances make Madeleine L’Engle’s story even more compelling.
The author of A Wrinkle in Time is a tall woman who sometimes wears a purple cape. She will tell you that she is completely made of stardust and always has been. No kidding. “You are made of stardust, too,” she will add with a twinkle in her eye.
This is not the wild imagination of a creative writer’s mind. We are all made of stardust. Our little molecules are the leftovers of big stars that exploded eons ago. Mrs. Whatsit may be a fanciful character who gave up her life as a star to fight the darkness, but we are real creatures who really are made of the cosmic dust of supernovas. When giant stars explode, they send their matter out into the universe and enrich all the yet-to-be-born stars and planets with the chemical ingredients that make up life as we know it. Astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson says, “It’s a profound, underappreciated truth.”
Stardust is just one way that Madeleine L’Engle mixes fact and fantasy to inspire you to want to know more about science. With knowledge come more questions. With imagination comes more curiosity. With searching comes more truth. That blend is a specialty of L’Engle’s.
Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin visit different planets outside our solar system. When A Wrinkle in Time was first printed in 1962, scientists could confirm the existence of only nine planets–all of them orbiting our sun. Since 1995, astronomers have been finding planets at an average rate of one a month–all outside our solar system.
Throughout A Wrinkle in Time, the universe is in a struggle with the Black Thing. L’Engle wrote of the Black Thing before astronomers found black holes, which suck up everything around them, and long before scientists announced that almost all of our universe is composed of invisible “dark matter” and “dark energy,” which science knows almost nothing about.
In the thin atmosphere of Uriel, Meg has to breathe from a flower to stay alive. In reality, we all breathe plants to stay alive. NASA conducts experiments to see how plants could help keep astronauts alive when they travel in space and live on other planets.
In A Wrinkle in Time, we meet thinking aliens in outer space, including Aunt Beast, the Man with Red Eyes, and Mrs. Who. Since 1962, explorers have gone to remote spots on our planet, studying “extremophile” life to learn more about what life out there in space might really be like.
Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin travel through multiple dimensions. When A Wrinkle in Time first appeared, science recognized only four dimensions–three of space and one of time. Now mathematicians claim that at least nine spatial dimensions are needed to explain our physical world–maybe ten. Maybe more.
Just looking at how technology and science have changed since Meg’s first adventure was printed is a kind of time travel in your mind that shows how much science and math have grown, and how much they still need to grow. When Meg’s father urges her to name the elements of the periodic table to escape the dark forces of IT, she begins reciting, “Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine . . .” and continues. Only 103 elements were known in 1962. In 2004, to finish reciting the elements on the periodic table, Meg would need to add more tongue-twisters, such as rutherfordium, meitnerium, darmstadtium, and roentgenium (element number 111). New elements are still being discovered, created, and debated.
Scientists and astronauts are delving further into the tiny world of microorganisms that Meg’s mother studied, and further into the giant realms that Meg’s father traveled in. Since 1962, scientists have discovered quarks and quasars, things smaller and bigger than ever known before–smaller than a proton in an atom and larger than a galaxy. What next?
“Students can get so bombarded in science classes and think that all is known. It’s not. A book like this can help them realize that we know some things, but really very, very little. And maybe a lot of what we know now is not right!” says Shannon Lucid, a science fiction reader and astronaut who has spent more time in space than any other woman. There are still big unanswered questions and great quests yet to begin.
For Madeleine L’Engle, every good story and every good life is a search for answers through fiction, fact, and spirit. The poet, the physicist, and the prophet are all searching to understand the dimensions we can’t see, whether gravity, time, or love. A Wrinkle in Time is a great journey through dimensions–a journey of exploration and discovery, curiosity and awe.

From A Wrinkle In TIme
"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.

From the Paperback edition.

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esuh More than 1 year ago
this book is soo good. its such a heartwarming story and i just LOVE the ending. i can read this book over and over again for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for my granddaughter to read. She and I took turns reading the book to one another. We found it most delightful. We were able to vocalize the various parts and it was great fun. Great reading for all ages.
SuperGrrl More than 1 year ago
This classic tale of Meg and her brother Charles Wallace has been in my subconscious ever since I read it when I was a child. The themes of good versus evil, the hero being a young misfit girl who I could readily identify with, all gave me hope that I would one day be someone who could make a difference (although I didn't see how). This book is more than just a book - it is a message that "everything is going to be all right" without sugarcoating the evil that lurks outside and without hiding the fact that you, the next generation, is what has to fight it. A MUST READ for every YA reader. If it wasn't on my Nook, I'd sleep with it under my pillow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire series. It is so creative, well paced, adventurous, and absolutly AMAZING! Please buy it! You will be enthralled with it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truely unique, I must say. Reading the other reviews, I see it aint everyone's cup 'o tea. And that's completely acceptable! People have different tastes and intrests and I respect that. You cant judge this book by its covor, nor can you take one's word for it. This book took me to Meg's house and the planet Uri in surprising, beautiful detail. , its 100% Kid friendly, (For the moms reading this that are looking for appropriate books for their children to read) and very good Christain qualities. I wont give any of the bool away, but if you have your spiritual eyes open you can see those quallities right away. In other words, I personally loved it and I reccomend that one would at least give it a chance.
JoannaTX More than 1 year ago
Just kidding; I still like Harry Potter. But Madeleine L'Engle is definately supieror when it comes to character development. Meg - the protagonist - is really likeable, and I also enjoy the evident closeness displayed between her and her brother Charles Wallace. I rmember reading this just barely out of Elementary - I loved it! I'm 20 now and have read it twice more since then and still enjoy it. Great for all ages and a perfect 5 stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of my favorites as a child and I re-read it as an adult as well as reading all of the companion books (A Wind in the Door, Swiftly Tilting Planet, etc.) I loved them both as a child and an adult. The characters show a whole range of personalities and struggles as well as character traits such as bravery and kindness.
Gratias More than 1 year ago
I read "A Wrinkle in Time" first when i was in grade school...i loved it then..Now, almost 30 years later barnes&noble has a new edition on nook..bought it..still love it as much now as i did when i was a kid!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
4th grade and up, all should read it, then re-read it every 10 years so you don't forget the importance of imagination in our lives to help us find new and better ways to use our gifts to serve others and create our own lives.
zoomzoom More than 1 year ago
I loved the book when I read it. But its not a book that sticks in your mind. I watched the movie and I remember more but before the movie I only remember the basic and the parts that the kids in my class highlighted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was ok, but the author had a whole bunch of confusing made-up words that were not in the dictionary, there were no pictures to show what was going on, and so much talking with nonsense words that it made it pretty boring. Don't waste your time and money and just don't buy it. You will probably not like it. I suggest spending your money on books that have real, understandable words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truely hated this and trust me im very open about books and try to find something ok with them but i couldn't with this book it is really boring i froced myself to read to the end if this is someones favortive it must only book they've ever read. PLEASE don't waste your time reading this book
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. It's one of my favourites. would recommend to everyone.
CaViarLaVar More than 1 year ago
This book made me think so much. My imagination ran wild!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so engrossed by this book and so empathized with the character of Meg that I think it really affected me for the rest of my life. The science-fiction fantasy element and the emotional heart of the book make it winning for readers who love adventure, and those looking for a warm-hearted family story. I must have read the book a dozen times as a child- and even as an adult, I'd love to curl up with it again. L'engle's imagination is nothing short of inspiring, and her characters win your heart.
bayard More than 1 year ago
The greatest part about this story is the lesson,be careful what you wish for,I don't want to ruin anything so I won't go into detail, but that is what I got out of the story.
Undercover_Puppy More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a project in school and it is wonderful. It has so many adventures and it is so exciting!
Ronrose More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It tells a story of three children, Meg and Charles Wallace are siblings, and their friend Calvin, who go on an adventure to find Meg's missing father. They are helped by three mysterious, though lovable characters, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, who turn out to be much more than they appear. I especially liked the quotations from famous figures from around the world that are frequently elucidated by the mysterious ladies. The story has an underlying theme of the power of love and the strength it gives us all to face the world around us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 11 or 12 years old. From that moment I was hooked on science fiction. The science ideas touched on in this book were way ahead of their time and are still cutting-edge today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son brought the book home as required reading and it looked like a great read. And so it is! A very interesting, well spun story. However, the author purposely dethrones Jesus as the Son of God by mentioning him as a mere man just like other great men who have lived on this earth. We need to be careful to know what our children are being 'taught' even in fun and intriguing literature.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time when I was ten, and it was one of the very first books I remember enjoying. Ten years later, I picked it up again, and while it brought me back to my childhood experience, re-reading also allowed me to see deeper into this book's themes, like the commentary it offers on communism. A Wrinkle in Time is a must-read for people of every age!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. The plot's wonderful (I won't go into it because I destroy things when I try to summarize them and anyway you probably already know what it is). But I like the characters. Meg isn't quite accepted at her school. She's sort of an outcast, and I especially like that because I can relate to that. Much as I like Meg, though, I think my favorite character (at least of L'engle's works, if not in all the works I've read) is Calvin. He sort of masquerades as a 'beautiful person' - in with the popular crowd, basketball star, etc. But once we get to know him, he fits in more with the Murrys, who (for a lack of suitable words) just plain care more. Well, I may have ruined this attempt at a review...oh, well. It's a great book! Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you know those books where you accidentally yell out loud to a character to run or hide because you are so tied into the book? The book, A Wrinkle In Time, is one of those books. The book started out with an unearthly stranger coming to visit the Wallaces house at midnight. The visitor was Mrs. Which. Most people thought she was a ghost who haunted the black house deep in the wood. She wanted to help Meg and Charles Wallaces find their missing father. The author, Madeleine L¿Engle, described setting, characters, and plot very detailed. It gave me a feeling that I was right there with them the whole time. Somehow it had the power to keep me reading the book rather than giving it up. At first, I agreed with what Meg and Charles were doing. But then I realized it was also a book with two endings. It all depends on what kind of personality you have. Some people choose one ending while others choose another. I did expect some surprising events toward the end. But it turned out to be a usual ending. The ending was just like those of other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom doesn't really like it when I write reviews about bad products but I will tell you the truth: this book was a disappointment. this is the first book by madeline l'engle i've read and  because of this horrible book, I can assure you I won't read any more of her books. the books is plain stupid and confusing. I would never read a book like this. this book is insanely creepy and not good for young readers and too lame for older readers. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago