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A Wrinkle in Time

(Time Quintet #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  951,455 ratings  ·  31,955 reviews
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Everyone in town thinks Meg is volatile and dull-witted and that her younger brother Charles Wallace is dumb. People are also saying that their father has run off and left their brilliant scientist mother. Spurred on by these rumors, Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, embark on a perilous quest through space to f
Mass Market Paperback, 190 pages
Published October 1981 by Laurel Leaf Books (first published 1962)
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Dave Courtney I read it as a kid and fell in love with it. Reread it a number of times. It infused me with a sense of wonder and taught me to see and encounter the…moreI read it as a kid and fell in love with it. Reread it a number of times. It infused me with a sense of wonder and taught me to see and encounter the world through on than just black and white terms.

It has been nearly 30 years since I last picked it up. with the movie coming out I decided to revisit it. As with all great children's literature, the joy of reading it as an adult is being able to see what I experienced as a kid but maybe didn't understand the way I am able to now that I am older. There is a rather profound and timely commentary in this story about the ways in which we see ourselves, the ways in which we accept others, and the socio-political forces that push back against our responsibility towards each other. I was able to see this through fresh eyes and it had me hooked. Loved it every bit as much as I did when I was young, and appreciated it maybe even more considering how much more aware I am of the state of the world. I needed this message of this book, one in which love wins over hate.

On that same note, I was quite surprised and taken aback by some of the hate for this book in our modern age. It's not a dominant voice but it definitely is visible. And what surprised me is how much of that anchors itself in the books religious undertones. I heard people state their outright distrust for a children's book that claims to be about science but dares to include Christian imagery, calling it evangelical or shameless proselytizing. Or how a book that seemed so progressive duped them into having to see the characters quote scripture.

As if a scientific mind could not also consider religious symbolism. And as if a writer who happened to be a Christian couldn't also be progressive. People completely seem to miss how progressive this book really was in giving us the female heroine of Meg, and how aware the author was of both her own scientific interest and her religious conviction.

It's as if these same critics would imagine a world in which everyone is the same and the only books children get to read are books in which they are fed the same philosophy. It's ironic that they might actually be the ones who need the message in this book most of all. (less)
Shellie I think this is a great book for grades 4-6 for a first read or read-aloud. At 7.5 years, there are some intangible ideas that will just go over his…moreI think this is a great book for grades 4-6 for a first read or read-aloud. At 7.5 years, there are some intangible ideas that will just go over his head and it can be a little scary. It only takes about 90-120 minutes to read, you might want to preview it.(less)

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Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First, understand that I am editing this review after several outraged responses. I knew that "Wrinkle" was considered to be a classic, but I was unaware that it was considered a Beloved Classic Beyond Criticism. I read this in grade school and just REread it aloud, to my daughter. I didn't have a clear memory of it, though I remember that I loved the way it started. Now I realize why I forgot so much of it. I STILL love the first 3 chapters, and dislike the rest. But since some of you found (an ...more
Mar 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the book that first inspired me to tentatively pick up my pencil and my marbled black-and-white composition notebook (remember those?) and write (in 4th grade). the influence l'engle herself and her work have had on my life cannot be understated. i met her many many years later, during college, when she was well into her 80s, but she was exactly as i pictured her-- spirited, engaging, challenging. when i (very nervously and shyly) told her that she gave me my first inspiration to write, she look ...more
May 27, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So 41 of my goodreads friends have read A Wrinkle in Time, but I never picked up the book until these past few weeks. I’m not sure how this novel and I slipped past each other in my youth. I’m guessing that since the main character was a girl I wasn’t that interested in middle school and when I grew older the science fiction elements didn’t appear strong enough to snag my interest. Oh well. Last weekend I bought A Wrinkle in Time at a Borders near the Seattle airport. I wanted the novel to get m ...more
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
What a fun weird little story!
The story takes about 100 pages of tedious, banal dialogue, to get to the point where you are told that this is a battle against Evil, and all you need is love. But everything is so oversimplified, so sketchy--everything is reduced to big words, like IT, and evil. This IT, also called the Dark Thing, is striving to create a communist-type society where everyone conforms, down to the little children who bounce their balls in uniform rhythms and who live in cutter-box houses.

I liked Meg in the be
Elyse Walters
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am I the first living 64 year old who had never read this book- until now - March, 2017.
that is?

Random Thoughts ....
.....I was surprised to discover this story was about a little GIRL --not a WIZARD.
.....I was more surprised that Meg, 13 years old, had three other siblings... two twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys, and a younger brother, Charles Wallace Murray, who is a child prodigy.....with parents who were scientist. THERE IS A REAL FAMILY -WITH REAL PEOPLE in this book! NOT SURE WHY THIS SUR
Anybody else read it with this cover?


I did. 1986, I was in 6th grade, and it was assigned to us by our teacher.
This book changed my world. Or at least, my reading world.
Welcome to sci-fi, kid!
I have no idea how many times I've read this story, but as a child, I read it so much that this awesome cover eventually fell off. So many great memories of these characters, and easily my favorite childhood novel.

After doing a re-read of it this year, I have to say it holds up pretty well for a book that
Hannah Greendale
Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry’s house is visited, on a “dark and stormy night” by a mysterious stranger named Mrs. Whatsit who says, “Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” Tesseract refers to confidential scientific work Meg’s father conducted for the government before he went missing several years prior. On the following day, Meg accompanies her little brother to Mrs. Whatsit’s house and finds herself unexpectedly swept away on an intergalactic adventure with hope o ...more
Federico DN
An evil darkness consuming the universe, and three little children determined to stop it.

In a little cozy home, in the midst of a lovely gardened area, lives the Murry family. A scientist mother, a distant father on a secret mission, two overprotective twins, the little and enigmatic Charles Wallace, and the ever troublesome Meg.

A storm presages the dangers to come. The Darkness, the evil Black Thing threatens to swallow the Earth and everyone in it, among other worlds and universes already corr
[Later note: Had discussion with author about this book and why it means so much to so many people—specifically women. Also read excellent NYTimes piece about the fiftieth anniversary.

Some books are powerful for their readers because of their context; in this case, the utter lack in popular kid's literature of 1962 of characters like Meg—real girls, who cared about atypical subjects like math, who were unashamed to be other than pink-wearing cheerleaders. To find a powerful role model in a nove
I have one general, self-imposed rule about reviewing on this site: I write about the books I've read in the order I've finished them. By that logic, I should be cobbling together my reaction to Hunger right now but I am so taken by this childhood staple that there's no room in my brain for anything other than uncontrollable glee over this book that another Madeleine has given to the world.

I never read this book as a kid. I didn't read it as a teenager or a college student. I read it for the fi

“It was a dark and stormy night...”

Okay, I haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time since fifth grade, so I was kind of nervous going into this. Yet, I was very pleasantly surprised, and I’m even more excited to see the new movie adaptation in March! I mean, this reads a little “old” and “simple” but it was still such a delight to read. I will say that I didn’t remember any of the religious/spiritual aspects that were woven in, so apparently fifth grade Melanie, who went to a Catholic school and ever
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about a book that is hailed as one of the greatest pieces of fiction of all time? Nothing. I really can't. I will not disrespect this book by saying anything negative about it. I think my opinions about this book may have changed over the years, but that by no means makes this a poor read. Instead of being critical about the book, I am going to celebrate it with some of my favorite quotes from this book:

“Like and equal are not the same thing at all.”
(No wonder this book is consid
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The innocence and sweetness of this story just took me back to my own childhood fantasies. Sometimes we as grown ups should read books like this to reinforce our beliefs in the fact that in our not-so-perfect lives, we can still look for that little spark of magic that the hidden child in all of us needs to hold on to.
Loved reading this book!
Susanne  Strong
5+++++ Stars!!!!

“A Wrinkle in Time”. How can I never have read this before??! Have I been living under a rock my entire life?

This was utterly DELIGHTFUL, Amazing, Funny, Scary, Brilliant & Crazy Bold. In short, I loved it. Ok, and I admit, I didn’t read it. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Hope Davis - and she was amazing. That being said, thank you Madeiline L’Engle, - “A Wrinkle in TIme” was mystical, magical and nothing short of fantastical.

Thirteen year-old Meg Murry and her l
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I just finished reading this for the first time since, maybe college? Twelve year old Meg Murry, her precocious five year old brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin meet some highly odd beings who call themselves Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. This strange, quirky trio sweeps the children away on an interstellar quest to find and rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's missing father. They fold space and time through tesseracts (the "wrinkle" in time and space) and battle the dark ...more
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children, teens, YA, readers
Shelves: majorinfluences
Madeleine L'Engle is a Christian writer, more so even than C. S. Lewis in my opinion. However, while the influence of Christian Theology (and in later books, biblical history) is woven throughly through out all the books in this series, it is not offensive to non-Christian readers. I am one of those.

To be completely honest, when my mother first read me this when I was about 7 years old, I was totally oblivious to the influence L'Engle's faith has on her writing. It wasn't until I was twelve or
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It was a dark and stormy night...

Yes, the book starts with the quoted sentence. The Murry family was sitting home when a bizarre and unexpected stranger came in.
Old Lady
At this point some words need to be said about the members of the family. Both father and mother were scientific geniuses working on a secret project.
The father disappeared one day never to be heard from again. Their daughter and the heroine of the story is Meg, a genius and misunderstood by her schoolmates and teachers (to be fair her
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: A Wrinkle in Time is a children’s science fiction written by Madeleine L’Engle. It was published on 3/15/1973 by Yearling Books, paperback, 211 pages. The genres are children’s, science fiction, and fantasy. This book is intended for readers ages 10 to 14. This book belongs to a series of 5 books.

My Experience: I started reading A Wrinkle in Time on 3/13/18 and finished it on 3/16/18. This book is fantastic! I love the characters! They all have unique personalities. I like the twin’s good
Bryon Cahill
Mar 21, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading "A Wrinkle In Time" when I was 8 or 10. I say started because I never finished it. I can't remember exactly why, but I think it kind of scared the crap out of me. Now, 15 or 17 years later, I've read it again (this time the whole thing) and there's really nothing scary at all about it. It's possible that, as a kid, I was somehow relating this book to the terribly scary Disney movie "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Again, I don't know why.

Whatever the reason for my fears, the
Jason Koivu

That's what I felt I was seeing as I read this, a blank slate, a void, an empty room.

A Wrinkle in Time is a very nice tale, but I just wish L'Engle spent more time developing the settings. The decently rounded characters seemed to be floating in spartan landscapes like portraits hung in limbo.

Lackluster description is one thing, but perhaps more than anything, I think my tepid-3 star, ho-hum reaction to A Wrinkle in Time is due to my reading it as a middle-aged curmudgeon. It's made for kids a
Jeffrey Keeten
"Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas,
Everybody's looking for something."


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Richard Derus
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the film's an *April 2018* release but principal photography is over at least.

2018 UPDATE What is wrong with people? I do not comprehend the downer delivered by everyone and her little dog on this film. Can't be misogyny, the character was always a girl; so that hmm...racism. A black woman behind the camera, a lovely and talented young one as Meg. Must have fits and fall in 'em! "It's not like the book!"'s a movie...and guess what? It's a lot closer than y'all let on
I was scared to reread this book, I hadn't read it since I was in seventh grade and that was a loooong time ago. A Wrinkle in Time was the book I would read as a kid when I was in a bad mood or bored or just because I wanted to get wrapped up in the magic of another world. I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time in second grade and it made me fall in love with reading. Of course I liked to read before then but this book turned me into the voracious reader I am today. So as I said before I wa ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I think it goes without saying that the recent Disney film did not do this incredible classic justice. It was my first time reading A Wrinkle in Time fully; I'd tried to read it in junior high and only got a couple of chapters in because I didn't understand it, but now I'm glad I returned to it. Not only was it way ahead of its time, but it also shares an important message, one which is sadly being lost on children these days - having trouble in school doesn't mean a person is stupid or lazy. So ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all want to fit in somehow. We also want to be ourselves and thus stand out a little bit, but basically we don't want to deviate too much from "the norm" because it's usually considered bad by others (funny, considering that we're pretty much all feeling the same way so we should just let the others be) and especially children often have a hard time when not fitting in with their peers. Thus, being different can be risky.

Meg is a girl that doesn't fit in. Her parents are multiple PhDs and hav
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L'Engle, first published in 1962. The book won the Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. It is the first book in L'Engle's Time Quintet, which follows the Murry and O'Keefe families. The book spawned two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison, an
"But why me?" asked Madeleine. "Do I have to do it?"

"You must," said Mrs Whatsit. "Your world is in grave danger. Very, very grave danger. You have to warn them."

"But I don't know how!" exclaimed Madeleine angrily. "What is this danger? How am I going to explain it? It's impossible!"

"Certum est quia impossibile est," said Mrs Who. "It is certain, because it is impossible. Latin. Tertullian."

"Wwe wwill hhelp yyou," interrupted Mrs Which. "Iff onlyy yyou ddidn't iinsist on uusing wwords..."

"You se
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 Stars

Anthem by Ayn Rand is one of my favorite books, and I feel like this is the perfect kid-friendly version of that.

I've been going back and reading a lot of children's classics I neglected to read as a kid, and I think they're fascinating. I see how they appeal to young readers, and I can predict how much I would have loved it as a kid, but I also catch really deep themes and allusions that I know I never would have understood as a child. This book makes so many Shakespeare references an
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I reread a childhood favorite in one night. Who can forget the cozy Murry kitchen, the way science and religion are valued equally, tesseracts and planet adventures. If a book can be a warm blanket, this is mine.

When I as young, I loved Meg because I felt as awkward as her, and also as unable to grasp a boy ever liking me the way Calvin just does. But I also had those weird insights in ways not quite as dramatic as Charles Wallace, so I was all of those kids. And my Dad worked all the time, mayb
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Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regener ...more

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