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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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Mar 21, 11

bookshelves: fiction, young-adult

One stormy night, Meg, her young and brilliant brother Charles Wallace, and their equally brilliant physicist mother are having a midnight snack when they are interrupted by an unearthly being. It's none other than Mrs. Whatsit, who casually announces, "By the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract is a wrinkle in time, and it is through tessering that Mrs. Whatsit (along with her friends Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who) have arrived on earth and that Mr. Murry has disappeared. Now he is behind a great black shadow, fighting an enemy known only as IT. Along with their new friend Calvin, the children are tessered to a world that has succumbed to IT and its ruthless desire to force alikeness upon its slaves.

This book won the Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature, and I can see why. The characters are interesting. Meg is a grumpy adolescent, frustrated with school because she can't do math her way (and not the method the teachers force upon her), forced to defend her young brother, awkward and slightly jealous of her beautiful mother. Charles Wallace is intriguing. He's not just a precocious five-year-old; he's something other than that, a person who might just be able to fight IT and win. The siblings are bound by a fierce love for each other and their family.

I enjoyed how the plot unfolded. It was intriguing to watch the stakes increase with each plot twist.

There's a lot of depth here regarding themes of love and loyalty and what it means to be human. It made me think, which is something that many novels (even those for adults) don't.
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