A Wrinkle in Time

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 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 - Madeleine L'Engle Summary

A Wrinkle in Time is a young adult novel written by American author Madeleine L'Engle. First published in 1962, the book has won the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Throughout the novel, the young main characters Meg Murry, Charles Wallace Murry, and Calvin O'Keefe embark on a journey through space and time, from universe to universe, as they endeavor to save their father and the world. The novel offers a glimpse into the battles between light and darkness, and goodness and evil, as the young characters mature into adolescents on their journey. The novel wrestles with questions of spirituality and purpose, as the characters are often thrown into conflicts of love, divinity, and goodness. It is the first book in L'Engle's Time Quintet, which follows the Murrys and Calvin O'Keefe. L'Engle mirrored the Murry family after her own. Scholar Bernice E. Cullinan noted that L'Engle created characters who "share common joy with a mixed fantasy and science fiction setting." The novel's scientific and religious undertones are therefore highly reflective upon the life of L'Engle. The book has inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay...

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A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle Book Reviews (1,701)


One of the best5 star

This book is amazing it creates a whole world filled with characters. This book truly is one of my favorites 55


Lovely book5 star

Just finished reading this book for the first time. Look the fact that the author created a story that showed both science and reality. Definitely recommend for all!!! 55


Confusing1 star

We had to read this book in 7th grade and no one in my class could understand what was going through. Apparently, we took a quiz and none of my friends and I got higher than a B. I wouldnโ€™t recommend this book. 15


A wrinkle in Time2 star

A Wrinkle in Time is a sci-fi novel about a group of kids and their adventures in space. I personally didnโ€™t enjoy the book because I donโ€™t like Sci-Fi, but it is a good book if you are into space fantasy. The book is about finding a new way to travel through time and space, and later the family uses that way to find their long lost father who travelled to a planet light years away from Earth. To my opinion, the chapters in the book dragged on for too long. I recommend being 12+ to read this book. It will be too difficult for younger readers. I would rate it 2/5. 25


Very disappointed1 star

Makes no sense, very confusing. Wouldnโ€™t recommend to elementary or middle school students. I had to read this for class but i ended up having to read chapters over and over to understand what was going on. Everyone in my class was confused (keep in mind we are 7th graders) and it was hard to manage above a B on quizzes. 15


love love LOVE5 star

this has been my favourite book since I was a little girl. 55


Book5 star

Good job 55


A wrinkle in time5 star

It is a really interesting book 55


This is how childrenโ€™s books should be written!5 star

I canโ€™t imagine what took me so long to read it! I simply love it. 55


I m ok3 star

Well this book is not the best but itโ€™s ok 35


Great book5 star

It is one of them best books I have ever read. Anybody and everybody should read it. 55


Wonderful book!5 star

This book was assigned reading in school -- I'm guessing 4th or 5th grade. I couldn't put it down, and I reread it when I finished. It's the book that turned me into a reader. Today I have a library with hundreds of titles from Reference to Biography to Mystery to Fiction (Science and otherwise). 55


totally awesome5 star

this book is amazing. how could anyone have such an imagination! read it everyday!! 55


The Amazing Wrinkle in Time5 star

A Wrinkle in Time was the last book I read in middle school. I loved this book so much that I decided to read the others, and that was really good for me because I absolutely hated reading. This book changed my point of view towards books. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for everyone. : ) 55


45 and STILL loving this book!5 star

Read for the first time in elementary school and just finished it for a banned book club read. And yet again, realize why this book stuck with me all these years. Lo and behold, I learn ere are four more to complete the story. I will be reading the other books this week! 55

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Quite Amazing5 star

I very much enjoyed this book. The integration of human emotions and "God" in this Sci-Fi Adventure reached out to me. 55

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THE BEST BOOK EVER !!! I WOULD READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN INTILL OT HETS OLD (it will NEVER get old) I THOUGHT IT WAS THE BEST BOOK IN HISTORY OF BOOKS EVERY MADE AND THERE IS A SEIRES THE 2nd BOOK IS: A Wind in the Door. AND I THINK THERE IS A THIRD ONE TO .BUT I REALLY WONT TO SEE THE MOVIE TOO ( maybe it is not as good as the book though)๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 55


30 years later and I still love it!5 star

The first time I heard of this book was in 4th grade. We watched a weird slideshow with narration (dating myself aren't I?). I didn't read it until I was 12 years old. I think I read it in two days. I have re-read it every couple of years for the last 30 years. My original paperback is falling apart so I bought another copy through iBooks. The messages of this book are still very applicable today. I highly recommend this book! 55


One of my favorites....5 star

I was introduced to "A Wrinkle In Time" by one of my teachers in grammar school, and I was totally engrossed....I did not want it to end. As a 50 year old, I am tickled to find it available on ITunes, and I am downloading it as I type this review. A must read for people of all ages. I would highly recommend it!! 55


Review for A Wrinkle In Time4 star

This book will take you in a completely different world. Madeleine gives you powerful sensations that will make you forget your surroundings. 45

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