A Wrinkle in Time
This children’s literature classic is the quintessential science fiction/fantasy kid-lit book. Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin are thrust into magical adventures through the universe, guided by three quirky and supernatural women, to rescue their father.
I must admit: I was not one of the child readers enraptured by this book. My tastes as a kid, though, did not veer toward fantasy or science fiction. I’m curious how this would hold up for my kids–it’s on our list to try.
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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.