A Wrinkle In Time
L’Engle, Madeline. A Wrinkle in Time. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1962.
This story chronicles the adventures of three children that travel through space and time to save their father.
Margaret Murray is a misfit. Her parents are gorgeous and smart. Twin brothers Sandy and Denny are liked by everyone. Charles Wallace, Meg’s little brother, is a child prodigy waiting to happen. Calvin, Meg’s new friend, is popular and fits in with everyone. For Meg nothing goes right. Meg Murray does everything wrong. She was dropped down to the lowest section in her grade. She is ridiculed by her classmates. She gets into fights with boys. Meg is convinced that she’s a delinquent.
On top of all this Meg’s dad has been missing for a long time. When he will get back and from where is a big question. No one including Meg’s mom knows where her dad went. Teachers at school are both curious and snide about her dad’s disapperance. Meg’s little brother, Charles Wallace, barely remembers their dad. The only clue to what happened is one word, tesseract.
No one will tell Meg what a tesseract is. She only knows that if there is a hope of saving her dad it will come from this strange unfamiliar word. Three little old women Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which all know about this word. A simple funny sounding word that is about to release a mountain of possibilities and cause a world of trouble. But what if this word has the power to bring Meg’s father back? Will Meg have the courage to learn everything about a tesseract? Where is Meg’s father, is it possible that he is just A Wrinkle in Time away?
Flicker Tale Children's Book Award Nominee 1987
Sequoyah Book Award 1965
Newberry Award Winner 1962
Lewis Carroll Shelf Award
Hans Christian Andersen Award Runner-up
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