A Wrinkle In Time Review: First Time Reader

Posted February 15, 2012 by Pixie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 10 Comments

Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle’s
Released: 1962 & 2012

It was a dark and stormy night; 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 be on my way. Speaking of way, 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 unusal book.

Have you ever read a book and loved it, but could not for the life of you figure out how to describe it? That is how I feel about A Wrinkle in Time; it’s such a unique one of kind story that it will never grow old.

Madeleine L’Engle’s writing just draws you in; the simplicity of the way she describes certain situations amazed me. There is this one scene where the kids are being squashed and sure she could have went on and on into great length’s describing it but this one sentence makes you understand exactly what the characters are going through -“She tried to gasp, but a paper doll can’t gasp.”

I adored how the characters were written; we don’t know much about them, but you were able to relate & sympathize with what they are going through. The oddness of the characters made me want to know more about them. I can’t think of a character that drew me in as much as Charles Wallace did, his superior wit had me laughing throughout the book (he reminded me of a mini Sheldon Cooper). I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t go into great detail – but it’s basically about three kids’ time traveling to save Meg & Charles’s father. Along the way the meet an interesting group of other life forms.

When I was asked to read this for the blog tour as “A First Time Reader” I was a little skeptical – I even tried to pawn it off on Stacey. I am glad she said no. I thoroughly enjoyed time traveling with Meg, Cal and Charles and now that I know this is a series, I will be reading the rest of them as well. I found the mixture of religion and science fiction to be entertaining as well as thought provoking. I also loved how there are these little details that had me wondering if certain current authors were inspired by scenes from A Wrinkle in Time. If you love modern day YA fantasies I strongly suggest picking up a copy of this book.

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Check out what the 50th Anniversary addition has to offer 

The 50th Anniversary Commemorative edition features:
• Frontispiece photo*†
• Photo scrapbook with approximately 10 photos*†
• Manuscript pages*†
• Letter from 1963 Caldecott winner, Ezra Jack Keats*†
• New introduction by Katherine Paterson, US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature †
• New afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Voiklis including six never-before-seen photos †
• Murry-O’Keefe family tree with new artwork †
• Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery acceptance speech

* Unique to this edition  † never previously published


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10 responses to “A Wrinkle In Time Review: First Time Reader

  1. Hmm. Stacy always told me this series wasn't wonderful, but after reading your review I'm a little skeptical. :/ Way to go getting me all confused!! 😉 Definitely going to give it a try for myself now!

    -Jessica @ Chapter Chicks

  2. This was probably the first fantasy book I read as a kid so I have sentimental attachment to it. I think what appealed to me as a kid was the fact that it took someone who seems powerless and gave her a quest and she found out what she can really do. That really made an impression on me as a child.

  3. A Wrinkle in Time was required reading when I was in grade seven! I don't recall much about it, in fact at the time I was rather bored with it. I believe it's time for a re-read.

  4. This is one of my all-time favorite books! I remember reading it in elementary school and being totally scared by it. It wasn't scary when I re-read again it as an adult, but I still love it. Great sci-fi book for younger kids!

  5. I loved this book when I read it as a child. I can remember thinking that it was one of the best I read. The religious implications along with the science fiction kept my interest and moreover, taught me to understand that stories can be read on several levels. It was an important skill to learn. Until I was grown, I never knew it was a series.

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