Official Synopsis taken from the back of the book: It was a dark and stormy night. Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure—one that will threaten their lives and our universe.
Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in Madeleine L’Engle’s classic Time Quintet.
Genre: Children, Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Classic
My copy came from: I purchased the paperback at my local Goodwill.
Review: What an adventure! What fun! I loved it!
A Wrinkle in Time is classic children’s literature and classic fantasy and science fiction. It was such a fun read, and I can’t believe I haven’t ever read it before. Parts of A Wrinkle in Time felt so familiar, but other parts felt so new that I know I never read it as a kid.
A Wrinkle in Time starts out with our main character, Meg Murry, being visited by an odd neighbor, named Mrs. Whatsit. Mrs. Whatsit wears a lot of clothing, all piled upon her, and when she first visits, she leaves behind a message about a tesseract, which is something Meg’s father has been researching and has disappeared trying to find. Meg, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their new friend Calvin O’Keefe, wind up traveling through different dimensions with Mrs. Whatsit, and her friends, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.
I just adored Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which. All three of these ladies have a unique personality, and bring such life and sparkle to the book. They were a lot of fun and I wanted them to appear more often!
Besides the three mystery women, I also loved Meg’s brother, Charles Wallace. Charles Wallace, age 5, could easily have come across as obnoxious and annoying, as he is years above his age in maturity, and is super intelligent. But he came across as endearing and sweet, and I just loved him.
I also really enjoyed Meg, our main character. She is written in a way where her faults are apparent and recognized, instead of glossed over, or written without faults at all. There is even a scene where she is told to use her faults to her advantage, and I appreciated this message in the book.
The plot is fun and interesting, as Meg and Company travel to different dimensions searching for Meg’s father. There were several scenes involving a giant brain (IT) that reminded me so much of the scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where Ron battles the brains in the Ministry of Magic (I love that scene!).
I just really loved this adventure of a book, and had the most fun while reading it. It is a clean, positive read that has a great message, and I really enjoyed it! I was happy to hear that a movie is being made, and I’m excited to see how the book is adapted for the screen. Should be a lot of fun!
Bottom Line: I loved this adventure! What a fun book!
Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? Are you looking forward to the movie? What do you think about the casting?