Module 3: A Wrinkle in Time

27 06 2010

Book Cover

Summary: Meg Murray just doesn’t seem to be like everyone else. With her fly-away hair, glasses and braces she knows she is far from beautiful. She can’t seem to control her emotions, she doesn’t do well in school, and she hates that everyone thinks her younger brother, Charles Wallace, is dumb. On top of that her father she hasn’t seen or heard from her father in over a year, and the whole town thinks he ran off with another woman. But one night three strange women take Meg, Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a wild journey across space and time in an effort to find Meg and Charles Wallace’s father who has been trapped on another planet. The three children will have to fight for their lives and their identities on a journey full of danger and adventure.

Citation: L’Engle, Madeleine. (2007) A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Square Fish.

My Impressions: I really enjoyed this book, it was a quick, easy read. I think children will be able to identify with Meg as the awkward girl who just doesn’t fit in and isn’t quite like everyone else. At the same time there’s a great sense of adventure that will also appeal to children. The science fiction aspect of the book might turn some children off reading it, but if they give it a chance I think it’s on that can appeal to most children. I was a little surprised by the Christian references in the book particularly the parts that quoted entire Bible verses, although they were not cited so only someone  familiar with the particular verses would notice.

Reviews:

“Here is a confusion of science, philosophy, satire, religion, literary allusions, and quotations that will no doubt have many critics. I found it fascinating. To children who read and reread C. S. Lewis’ fairy tales I think it will be absorbing. It makes unusual demands on the imagination and consequently gives great rewards.” –Horn Book review excerpt

“With this award-winning story, Madeline L’Engle has captivated millions of readers throughout the world. Her universal themes of courage, perseverance, and love are interwoven with imagination and suspense. A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962, won the distinguished Newbery Medal for children’s literature in 1963.” –bn.com review excerpt

Library Use Suggestions: This book could be used to talk about how differences can be a good thing. If it were not for Meg’s differences she would have not been able to make it off Camazotz and avoid giving in to IT.

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