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Quick Thoughts: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle


wrinkleA Wrinkle In Time

Author: Madeleine L’Engle

Publisher: Yearling Books

Genre/Themes/Demo: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Adventure

Release Date: March 15th 1973 (first published 1962)

Page Count: 211

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780440498056

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Maria's Rating -5-01


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”. Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

Quick Thoughts

So, the first time I read this book was way back in 2005 when I was in grade 8! I even did a project on it where we had to choose a chapter book and illustrate it. I must look through my things and see if I can find it!

There were a few things that I remembered from the first time I read this book, but ultimately, there were a lot of things that I completely forgot about. What I really remember is that I absolutely loved reading it as a kid.

I remember A Wrinkle in Time being strange and different, but I really didn’t remember how much of an acid trip it really was. Man oh man, this one really makes your imagination work. I’m really eager to see how the new film adaptation created the imagery that is such a huge part of this novel!

I really enjoyed re-reading this one and I’ll probably re-read it again some time in the future!

About The Author

Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged. At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach. She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years—A Small Rain and Ilsa—before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season. She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career. As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was  the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh’s death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and wrote over 60 books. She enjoyed being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.

Thank you for reading!


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