A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Series #1)

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet Series #1)

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by Madeleine L'Engle
     
 

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This newly re-designed edition includes Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Medal acceptance speech and a new interview with the author.

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This newly re-designed edition includes Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Medal acceptance speech and a new interview with the author.

Editorial Reviews

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
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.)
From the Publisher

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

“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” —Children's Literature

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807275870
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
Time Quintet Series, #1
Edition description:
Unabridged, 4 cassettes, 5 hrs. 45 min.
Product dimensions:
4.41(w) x 7.02(h) x 1.17(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Read an Excerpt

"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 is the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City, late in her parents' lives,an only child growing up in an adult world. Her father was a journalist who had been a foreign correspondent, and although he suffered from mustard gas poisoning in World War I, his work still took him abroad a great deal. Her mother was a musician; the house was filled with her parents' friends: artists, writers, and musicians. "Their lives were very full and they didn't really have time for a child," she says. "So I turned to writing to amuse myself."

When she was 12, Ms. L'Engle moved with her family to the French Alps in search of purer air for her father's lungs. She was sent to an English boarding school --"dreadful," she says. When she was 14, her family returned to America and she went to boarding school once again, Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina--which she loved. When she was 17, her father died.

Ms. L'Engle spent the next four years at Smith College. After graduating cum laude, she and an assortment of friends moved to an apartment in Greenwich Village. "I still wanted to be a writer; I always wanted to be a writer, but I had to pay the bills, so I went to work in the theater," she says.

Touring as an actress seems to have been a catalyst for her. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.

Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. "The surrounding area was real dairy farmland then, and very rural. Some of the children had never seen books when they began their first year of school," she remembers. The Franklins raised three children--Josephine, Maria, and Bion. Ms. L'Engle's first book in the Austin quintet, Meet the Austins, an ALA Notable Children's Book, has strong parallels with her life in the country. But she says, "I identify with Vicky rather than with Mrs. Austin, since I share all of Vicky's insecurities, enthusiasms, and times of sadness and growth."

When, after a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York, Ms. L'Engle rejoiced. "In some ways, I was back in the real world." Mr. Franklin resumed acting, and became well known as Dr. Charles Tyler in the television series All My Children. Two-Part Invention is Ms. L'Engle's touching and critically acclaimed story of their long and loving marriage.

The Time quintet--A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time--are among her most famous books, but it took years to get a publisher to accept A Wrinkle in Time. "Every major publisher turned it down. No one knew what to do with it," she says. When Farrar, Straus & Giroux finally accepted the manuscript, she insisted that they publish it as a children's book. It was the beginning of their children's list."

Today, Ms. L'Engle lives in New York City and Connecticut, writing at home and at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where she is variously the librarian and the writer-in-residence. "It depends from day-to-day on what they want to call me. I do keep the library collection--largely theology, philosophy, a lot of good reference books--open on a volunteer basis."

Author Fun Facts

Born
November 29 in New York City

Education
Smith College, The New School, Columbia University

Currently lives
New York City and Connecticut

Fun Jobs
Librarian, actress

Favorite…
…hobbies: traveling, reading, playing the piano, and cooking

A Special Message from Madeleine L'Engle

"I wrote my first story when I was 5.  It was about a little G-R-U-L, because that’s how I spelled “girl” when I was 5.  I wrote because I wanted to know what everything was about.  My father, before I was born, had been gassed in the first World War, and I wanted to know why there wer wars, why people hurt each other, why we couldn’t get along together, and what made people tick.  That’s why I started to write stories.

The books I read most as a child were by Lucy Maud Montgomery, who’s best known for her Anne of Green Gables stories, but I also liked Emily of New Moon.  Emily was an only child, as I was.  Emily lived on an island, as did I.  Although Manhattan Island and Prince Edward Island are not very much alike, they are still islands.  Emily’s father was dying of bad lungs, and so was mine.  Emily had some dreadful relative, and so did I.  She had a hard time in school, and she also understood that there’s more to life than just the things that can be explained by encyclopedias and facts.  Facts alone are not adequate.  I love Emily.  I also read E. Nesbit, who was a nineteenth-century writer of fantasies and family stories, and I read fairy tales and the myths of all countries.  And anything I could get my hands on.

As an adult, I like to read fiction.  I really enjoy good murder mystery writers, usually women, frequently English, because they have a sense of what the human soul is about and why people do dark and terrible things.  I also read quite a lot in the area of particle physics and quantum mechanics, because this is theology.  This is about the nature of being.  This is what life is all about.  I try to read as widely as I possibly can.

I wrote A Wrinkle in Time when we were living in a small dairy farm village in New England.  I had three small children to raise, and life was not easy.  We lost four of our closest friends within two years by death--that’s a lot of death statistically.  And I really wasn’t finding the answers to my big questions in the logical places.  So, at the time I discovered the world of particle physics.  I discovered Einstein and relativity.  I read a book of Einstein’s, in which he said that anyone who’s not lost in rapturous awe at the power and glory of the mind behind the universe is as good as a burnt-out candle.  And I thought, “Oh, I’ve found my theologian, what a wonderful thing.”  I began to read more in that area.  A Wrinkle in Time came out of these questions, and out of my discovery of the post-utopian sciences, which knocked everything we knew about science for a loop.

A Wrinkle in Time was almost never published.  You can’t name a major publisher who didn’t reject it.  And there were many reasons.  One was that it was supposedly too hard for children.  Well, my children were 7, 10, and 12 while I was writing it.  I’d read to them at night what I’d written during the day, and they’d say, “Ooh, mother, go back to the typewriter!”  A Wrinkle in Time” had a female protagonist in a science fiction book, and that wasn’t done.  And it dealt with evil and things that you don’t find, or didn’t at that time, in children’s books.  When we’d run through forty-odd publishers, my agent sent it back.  We gave up.  Then my mother was visiting for Christmas, and I gave her a tea party for some of her old friends.  One of them happened to belong to a small writing group run by John Farrar, of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, which at that time did not have a juvenile list.  She insisted that I meet John any how, and I went down with my battered manuscript.  John had read my first novel and liked it, and read this book and loved it.  That’s how it happened.

The most asked question that I generally receive is, “Where do you get your ideas?”  That’s very easily answered.  I tell a story about Johann Sebastian Bach when he was an old man.  A student asked him, “Papa Bach, where do you get the ideas for all of these melodies?”  And the old man said, “Why, when I get up in the morning, it’s all I can do not to trip over them.”  And that’s how ideas are; they’re just everywhere.  I think the least asked question is one that I got in Japan.  This little girl held up her hand and said, “How tall are you?”  In Japan, I am very tall.

I get over one hundred letters a week.  There are always letters that stand out.  There was one from a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina who wrote me many years ago, saying “I’m Jewish and most of my friends are Christian.  My Christian friends told me only Christians can be saved.  What do you think?  Your books have made me trust you.”  Well, we corresponded for about twenty years.  I suggested that she go back to read some of the great Jewish writers to find out about her own tradition.  Another letter asked, “We’re studying the crusades in school.  Can there be such a thing as a Holy War? Is war ever right?”  I mean, kids don’t hesitate to ask questions.  And it’s a great honor to have the kids say, “Your books have made me trust you.”

The questions are not always about the books.  They’re sometimes about the deepest issues of life.  “Why did my parents put my grandmother in a nursing home?”  That’s one that has come up several times.  The letters are enlightening, particularly when they are written because the child wants to write them, and not just as a school assignment.  Although one of the best batches of letters I ever had was from a high school biology class.  The teacher had them read A Wind in the Door, which is about cellular biology, as part of their assignment.  I thought, “What an innovative teacher.  That was a lot of fun.”

I have advice for people who want to write.  I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500.  There are three things that are important:  First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you.  Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair.  And second, you need to read.  You can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader.  It’s the great writers who teach us how to write.  The third thing is to write.  Just write a little bit every day.  Even if it’s for only half an hour — write, write, write."

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
Education:
Smith College, 1941

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A Wrinkle in Time (Large Format) 4.3 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 1473 reviews.
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.
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
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
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I WAS 8 WHEN I READ THIS WITH MY DAD! AND I MADE HIM READ IT AGAIN!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iove this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. Recommended