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A Wrinkle in Time [Mass Market Paperback]

Madeleine L'Engle
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Feb. 15 1976 The Time Quartet
This special edition of A Wrinkle in Time includes a new essay that explores the science behind the fantasy.
Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time.

Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

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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 find their father. In doing so they must travel behind the shadow of an evil power that is darkening the cosmos, one planet at a time.

Young people who have trouble finding their place in the world will connect with the "misfit" characters in this provocative story. This is no superhero tale, nor is it science fiction, although it shares elements of both. The travelers must rely on their individual and collective strengths, delving deep into their characters to find answers.

A classic since 1962, Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is sophisticated in concept yet warm in tone, with mystery and love coursing through its pages. Meg's shattering yet ultimately freeing discovery that her father is not omnipotent provides a satisfying coming-of-age element. Readers will feel a sense of power as they travel with these three children, challenging concepts of time, space, and the power of good over evil. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


1998 marks is the 35th anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. To celebrate, Bantam Doubleday Dell is publishing two wonderful new editions of L'Engle's Time Quartet, including A Wrinkle in Time; A Wind in The Door; A Swiftly Tilting Planet; and Many Waters.

In both the new digest and the mass market editions, each title includes a new introduction by the author. Covers of the digest editions are illustrated by Caldecott Honor illustrator Peter SÝs, and the mass market edition covers are illustrated by renowned science fiction and fantasy illustrator Cliff Nielsen.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this when I was ten. June 1 2005
This book is simply gorgeous; it's all about time travel, but it's also timeless in the artistic sense. Written over 40 years ago, A Wrinkle in Time is still fresh. Its central theme is about developing self-reliance, judging nothing by its face value, and realizing one's inner strengths. The female characters are just as powerful as the male, and everyone in the story is imperfect and very human. When it was first published in the early 60s, this book would have been way ahead of its time.
I just finished reading this a few days ago; I didn't read it when I was ten, but I really wish I had, because it probably would have gotten me hooked on science early in life. There is a scientific and spiritual theme running through this book - no doubt a lot of people have spotted a zillion "symbols" in it - but it is simply an "unputdownable" book. I would highly recommend it to young and old alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Although written in 1973, this book is still a favorite of many adults who read it as a child, and it has enchanted subsequent generations of children, as well! A magical book!

I remember reading it to my granddaughter, Michelle, who was born the same year WRINKLE was born. We loved it then, and we love it now. it has a bit of everything ... magic, fantasy, good versus evil, etc.--but most important it has lovable kids and a world full of wonder.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenging and thought-provoking for all ages July 15 2004
By Megan
This is one of those amazing kids books that can be read on all different levels by people of all different ages. Is it the story of a bunch of spunky kids out to save their father? Or is it one big metaphysical metaphor?
When gawky Meg, "new" Charles Wallace, and popular Calvin O'Keefe get whisked off across the universe to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father, they have no idea that they are part of the greater battle between good and evil.
The amazing thing is that this book does not talk down to kids. It is chock full of graduate-level science, religion, and philosophy. Classical poets and thinkers are quoted without a second thought. A relatively obscure sonnet from Shakespeare serves as an important plot point. But although it challenges, it also rewards. It is never difficult to read or understand.
I have always thought that this book would be a great starting point for a discussion if read alongside Lois Lowry's "The Giver." Both are about dystopias where there is no such thing as individuality and privacy. How are the two worlds different, and how are they the same? "Aberations" are dealt with in surprisingly similar ways. What is the role of "love" in both books? What does Meg mean when she screams "Like and equal are not the same thing" and how does that relate to the snobiness that Jonah's "parents" show towards some professions?
Everyone over the age of 10 should read this book. Grown-ups should not consider it a "kids book," because it can be read on so many different levels. It is a classic, thought-provoking book that will be read again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wrinkle in Time July 19 2004
By K
A Wrinkle in Time is a fantastic Sci-Fi young adults book. It is about discovery of one's self and accepting yourself as you are.
The story follows Meg, her brilliant brother Charles Wallace, and her new friend Calvin as they journey through space and behind an evil cloud to find Meg's father. They are assisted by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, who show the children that they can do anything with the talents (and weaknesses) they have.
The reason it didn't receive 5 stars is because the story fell flat in certain places and many times it seemed rushed. Also, my favorite is A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and comparing this book to that one, this book falls short, but only just a little bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars science fantasy fiction May 28 2004
By A Customer
I thought to give this book 5 stars because it had won a Newberry Medal, and it was a very fun and interesting book to read. This book is about a boy named Charles Wallace, his sister, Meg, and Calvin, a friend. Meg and Charles Wallace lost their father when he tried to get somewhere else for a science experiment. He was taken to an evil and different city into a different world. Charles's friend, Mrs. Whatsit, tells the kids this information, along with Mrs. Which and Mrs. Who. They will all get to experience a flower that will give the humans oxygen, see the 3 Mrs. W's in their real form, and Meg will get to be comforted by big, hairy giants. These adventures will take place on different worlds on their way to find Mr. Murray on a different, evil planet. They wiil see Charles transform into evil and block Meg's way to get to her father. Will Meg get through Charles Wallace to find their father? Can they escape the evils and pressures ahead of them? Wait until you read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Profound May 20 2004
By A Customer
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, is one of my all time favorite books. The plotline is captivating, and L'Engle doesn't make the mistake of idolizing her characters. It is because her characters are so human, so prone to make mistakes, that you fall in love with them. You identify with them, because they have problems which are a lot like the problems which we must each face, although on a much larger scale.
Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin have to save Mr. Murry, Meg and Charles Wallace's father. Mr. Murry works with the government, and has been involved in a top secret mission. He and the other scientists have been experimenting, and as a result of these experiments, Mr. Murry gets lost in intergalactic space. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which help Meg, Charles, and Calvin on their mission.
L'Engle has woven many underlying messages into the fabric of the story. One of the main themes is that good will always triumph over evil. All through the book, they are fighting evil of various forms, but in the end, good, and love, win all. Meg struggles to accept this idea, that good can conquer all, and believe that she personally is capable of conquering the evils which she is forced to face. She has three people who have triumphed greatly over evil to help and guide her. When she faces the ultimate evil, she must try to follow their example.
Meg must also contend with her own self. All her emotions an thoughts make it hard for her to be patient, and to accept challenges and uncertainty with a willing heart. The character development in this book is amazing.
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Really liked this book. Some reviews said there were a lot of religious references but what there was didn't take away from the story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story for kids
This book is a great read for developing minds. It will help them appreciate the qualities of love, courage and being oneself.
Published 4 months ago by Praveen G
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read
Although this book was written in the sixties, its themes hold across time. Themes include good versus evil, light versus darkness, non-conformity, status-quo, and self-reliance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rickard
2.0 out of 5 stars Naively simplistic and amateurish
L'Engle received twenty-six rejections for A Wrinkle in Time (originally called "Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Whitch") before she found a publisher through a friend of her mother. Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2012 by S Svendsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great seller!
Again a good experience with this seller, book received in a timely manner and in extremely good shape. I would definitely recommend this seller.
Published on Oct. 9 2011 by Sandie Betsalel
5.0 out of 5 stars Travel on the tesseract
When a strange old lady turns up at your house and tells you random facts about five-dimensional space, you should probably call the police. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2011 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I must admit I am shocked at the other reviewer's opinion. I read this book first as a child, and have read it frequently for the last 15 years. Read more
Published on June 23 2011 by Lyra Tallis
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated
It would be hard to hold the attention of today's child with this book. Some of the premises seem an intent to advocate a particular belief system, too.
Published on March 2 2011 by D. Crawford
1.0 out of 5 stars agree with all bad reviews and can add to them...
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the language of the book is extremely poor and boring; the characters are flat with some potential to be developed,... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2008 by Natalia Yusseem
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good!!
I read this a long time ago, but it's still really good! Read it! Anyway, that's not my real point. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
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