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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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.

Impressive!

Reviewer: Betty Dravis, author of THE TOONIES INVADE SILICON VALLEY, 1106 GRAND BOULEVARD, and MILLENNIUM BABE: THE PROPHECY
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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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story for kids June 26 2014
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This book is a great read for developing minds. It will help them appreciate the qualities of love, courage and being oneself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read April 12 2014
By Rickard
Format:Paperback
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. One of my favourite stories since I was a child, it tells the story of a fourteen year old girl - Meg - whose father, a scientist, disappears while he is working on a secret project. Considered problematic by her teachers, Meg feels out of place in school and is often sent to the principal's office for the things she does--it's also a story about being different. The best part of this story is that it is about time travel. My students love it!
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3 of 3 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
Format:Paperback
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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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
Format:Paperback
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic June 23 2011
Format:Paperback
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. It is not too difficult for a child to follow or enjoy. And as for advocating a particular world view, why else would you read literature? L'Engle takes science and the Christian religion and makes them complimentary instead of at odds. A feat in itself, but she also manages to make the book readable, with characters you care for. This is one of my all time favourite books, and it is worth every penny. In fact, best buy more than one edition, because you will likely wear out the first.
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