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The Time Quartet Box Set

(Time Quintet #1-4)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  10,840 Ratings  ·  182 Reviews
With over 10 million copies in print, Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Medal-winning classic, "A Wrinkle in Time," along with its bestselling companions, "A Wind in the Door," "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," and "Many Waters," has enthralled and inspired readers of all ages. This newly designed boxed set features the stunning art of Peter Sis.
Paperback, 750 pages
Published September 11th 2001 by Yearling (first published August 1st 1989)
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Sunshine Somerville
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
These books make me sad to know what kids are reading today. Very few "children's books" quote Euripides, Goethe, and include sayings in Portuguese or Welsh. These stories (A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which is my favorite, in particular) are largely responsible for the shaping of my imagination as far as time-travel, space, and the interplay between parts of history is concerned. And I always forget how beautifully anti-war they are. I also love how L'Engle weaves significant matters of faith into ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is by all accounts from other readers a fine juvenile read. i found it when my children were already grown...adults...on their own, but finding I had enjoyed other "youth reads" I picked it up anyway. I found it nice. It's reader friendly and I think it will stretch and involve younger readers well. If you have younger readers this is one you should try. As a book that holds on over for older readers I don't think it works as well, though if you read it young and loved it that might be anot ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The naked intellect is an extraordinarily inaccurate instrument.

I read the first story a long time ago; it was interesting to read it again this much later (I’m mainly doing so in preparation for reading the next two.)

A Wrinkle in Time is a very nice combination of fantasy and science fiction—in some ways, very much like Star Maker in that not only does it posit a universal divinity but that stars are also intelligent; unlike in Star Maker, however, stars do take part in the great fight between
Jun 04, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I really enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time when I was a kid. On rereading, I discovered that I had definitely forgotten the way Christian symbols and metaphors kind of beat you over the head in this book. It and A Wind in the Door (which, like the other three books in this omnibus, I had never read before), could definitely benefit from some subtlety. Both books are fun, but also frustrating.

A Swiftly Tilting Planet really made up for this, though. The symbolism and overarching themes are balanced by an
K. E.  Douglas
Jul 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Though A Wrinkle in Time is my favorite of these, all the books in the series were very well done, and kept me interested throuought.

Apparently I have a love for books written for the younger set - teenagers. Seems that many of the authors just seem to work harder in that genre to produce a good book that also has literary merit. Must be all those "newberry-like" medals they're all striving for, but whatever it is, these fit.

If you've never read them, you've missed out.
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Re-read A Wrinkle in Time. 4 stars this time around.
Having finally finished reading this series, I now sit here utterly dumfounded as to how people can straight-facedly refer to them as classics. The first book in the series, A WRINKLE IN TIME, I thought was sort of OK, but that was because I expected the events of the story to be continued and expounded upon in the next book. When I saw that such wasn't the case, my appreciation for it deteriorated to the point that I'm no longer even happy I read it. The rest of the series is hardly even worth ...more
Feb 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: kids and adults alike
Recommended to Morgan by: Jenn Allen
I have finally finished the series that many kids in this country grew up on. But being 26 didn't negate the fact that I really loved this series. I didn't rate all the books a five, and I was constantly annoyed with her random writing style (look who's talking...), and there were times I was confused as to who was who and when (not where) we were. But they were truly amazing. Especially the last two. I guess Many Waters was never a part of the original trilogy, and chronologically, it actually ...more
Jan 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
The very first book that I read in my teen years that was fantasy was "A Wrinkle in Time". I got hooked. So when I came across this book by Madeleine L'Engle I purchased it. I did not know that it is a quartet of her books that starts out with "A Wrinkle in Time" and carries the same characters through the next three stories. I'm excited to start this series. I hope that I won't be disappointed because what one likes in there youth may change in adulthood. So here goes...

Well, I was disappointed
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
For many years, when people would ask me about my favorite book I would promptly say that it was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. Recently, I started to wonder if my love for the novel had stood the test of time so I picked up the 4 book series entitled the Time Quartet (I have the box set that I got years ago) from my shelf and dove in headfirst. Reading the first book in the series, A Wrinkle in Time, completely transported me back to middle school when I first discovered the delightful ...more
Michael Sypes
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I must admit that the original "Wrinkle in Time" didn't really hold up as well as I expected it to. I read it back in elementary school, and remembered it was one of the greats. However, as an adult, I found being bashed over the head with Christian mythology, which I didn't recall from childhood, annoying. Also, I got the impression that Ms. L'Engle got to 120 pages and suddenly realized she was under some contract to write no more than 132 pages, so rushed the ending. Don't get me wrong, I did ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Madeleine L'Engle is one of my all time favorite authors. Both her characters and storylines are thoughtful, well written and intriguing. She writes books that I can read again and again. These particular novels are some of my absolute favorites and I have enjoyed them both as a written books and as an audios.
Gerald R.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
a nice series to read
Kevin Casto
Wonderful books for any age that will give your imagination something to grow on. Great books to discuss as well.
Molly G
Apr 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, fantasy, adfi
Reread Many Waters 1/16/2010 (and many times before)

Reread A Wrinkle in Time 2/13/2010

Reread A Wind in the Door 2/22/2010

Reread A Swiftly Tilting Planet 5/10/2014: I always remembered this as my favorite of Meg and Charles Wallace's stories (though Many Waters was probably my favorite of the Quartet). I also remembered A Wind in the Door as being the "preachiest" one. (Yep, moreso than the one set in a Bible story!) Rereading this now, though… first thoughts were, proudly, "Long before 'Cloud At
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I adored a Wrinkle in time. It's one of my all time favorites, but I feel like the series slowly deteriorated from there. I liked A Wind in the Door, but I didn't love it quite as much. Quite frankly, I fell asleep reading a Swiftly Tilting Planet. I only made it halfway through the last book. I missed the interactions between Meg and Calvin in the last 2 books. They were my favorites. And it was weird to jump from being in school to being married and pregnant. It wasn't as fun to read. My frien ...more
Jun 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the series that started it all for me. I was in 5th grade and hated reading, but then we had the choice of reading either A Wrinkle in Time or the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. Out of 3 classes of students reading only 5 of us chose Wrinkle because we were told it was hard to read. Apparently they were quite convincing, which makes me think they didn't like the book. It wasn't easy, but I felt special being in the small group and I was determined to succeed. I really liked the book. I al ...more
Nov 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
So I just finished reading this series for the first time and loved it. The edition I have doesn't have a list of which order to read the books in, so I had to guess. In case you're wondering, the order is: A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in the Door; Many Waters; and A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favourite, but I really enjoyed A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I liked how everything was so interconnected. I really enjoyed the series because it's sci-fi, and fantasy, and clever and ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I do not even remember the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time, but years after that first reading, I found a copy in a used bookstore and fell in love all over again. Today I own the box set as well as a few other books by L'Engle and recommend them to people at every opportunity. I was very sad when L'Engle died, for the world lost a literary genius with incredible talent and vision. Don't let the placement of these books in the children's section fool you...children and adults alike can benef ...more
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Ali by: Summer reading and friends
Madeleine L'Engle used to be my favorite author until I realized she had passed away before I could send her a letter telling her how much I loved her. She really is (as said on the box) a "master of fantasy". All four of these books (especially A Wrinkle in Time and Many Waters) are genius in the way they are set up, exhibited, and closed. I saw a Ring of Endless light on the Disney channel (yeah, I used to watch those every time a new one came on) and I loved it. She's a lovely writer.
Nov 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love these books! My Dad bought me the first book, A Wrinkle in Time, when I was a young girl. I quickly devoured it and the subsequent follow-ups. I have reread them as an adult as well and enjoyed them just as much as when I was a child. The characters in the books make you feel like you don't have to be perfect or fit the same mold as everyone else to make a difference. It makes you realize that everyone has strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities, and that we should not be so quick to judg ...more
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I do not even remember the first time I read A Wrinkle in Time, but years after that first reading, I found a copy in a used bookstore and fell in love all over again. Today I own the box set as well as a few other books by L'Engle and recommend them to people at every opportunity. I was very sad when L'Engle died, for the world lost a literary genius with incredible talent and vision. Don't let the placement of these books in the children's section fool you...children and adults alike can benef ...more
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Madeline L'Engle is possibly one of the most thoroughly brilliant people ever to turn hand to novel-writing. The depth, scope, and passion in each of her books is thrilling; her characters are not only believable, but the sort who become your friends. I frequently find myself coming back to these books just to spend more time with Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin. The science that weaves its way through these gems of literary perfection just heightens their believability and depth. Nobody can ma ...more
Nov 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an openminded imagination
I loved Wrinkle when i was a kid. In reference to L'Engle's overtly Christian themes, upon rereading, i did not find them overwhelming. Instead i found them more as guild lines to deducing the your own spiritual interpretation, which i did and found it to be very enlightening. I felt the same about A Wind in the Door, and even enjoyed it more so than Wrinkle. A Swiftly Tilting Planet was just as good as the second, I only wish there were more about these characters. I plan on reading Many Waters ...more
Barrett Brassfield
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Going back and re-reading these four novels for the first time since I read them to my children when they were young was an exercise of pure joy. In the intervening years I had forgotten what a beautiful prose writer L'Engle was. Appropriate for the subject matter, the language she employs is indeed touched with the music of the spheres and reading her descriptions of these cosmic adventures is nothing short of magical for the reader and what grand adventures they are.
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing
"Wrinkle" is the most famous, and it certainly grabbed me as a kid--I can remember struggling through at least one hellish day of school, waiting to get home and find out what happened next. But the one I reread most often is "Planet," and I really couldn't say why. The themes in all the books of the series are similar--like Dumbledore, L'Engle believes firmly in the awesome and transformative power of love...Maybe I just really dug the time travel.
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my ALL time favorite series from childhood. I can distinctly remember the summer I discovered this series & devoured all 4 books as rapidly as I could. It really was my introduction to the sci-fi genre, which to this day is not really my thing, but these books, they made it accesible and interesting and fun to my youthful & spongy mind. Would love to re-read these with my children. They are certainly too young now being only 5 & 3, so perhaps I will have to indulge sooner...
in 11th grade my life changed. i went vegan, then got really preachy with it, then lost friends, missed my partner (long distance relationship), got depressed, then ignored everyone and read like 10 l'engle books in a row all day long in school and at home. l'engle is great for escaping. plus the themes in her Time series are beautiful and were part of shaping my philosophy and worldview at the time.
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read "A Wrinkle In Time" as a library clerk in the children's department when it first came out and loved it. Bought this edition for my grandson and monopolized his book when I visited his home a month after sending it to him. Loved every minute. I love Science Fiction and this is excellent for the genre. I am intrigued by the fourth book, Many Waters, and its apocryphal references. Interesting interpretation.
Jun 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
At least two of these ("A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Swiftly Tilting Planet") are BOTH on my 10-TEN, ALL-TIME FAVORITES list, and I consider "A Swiftly Tilting Planet" one of those rare volumes that touched my soul and left me a better person for having read it.

I do have to admit, however, that we re-read the trilogy with our children, discovered "Many Waters," and did not enjoy it as we had the first three. It is one of only a handful of books I have never finished reading.
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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

Other books in the series

Time Quintet (6 books)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
  • A Wind in the Door (Time Quintet, #2)
  • A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Time Quintet, #3)
  • Many Waters (Time Quintet, #4)
  • An Acceptable Time (Time Quintet, #5)
  • Intergalactic P.S. 3: A Wrinkle in Time Story