I like encouraging kids to sample different types of books as they're defining their tastes, and this is the quintessential science fiction kid-lit book. I must admit: I was not one of the child-readers enraptured by this book. I read it and the sequels, and they were just fine. I enjoyed the quirky characters but the story didn't capture my imagination. My tastes, though, did not veer toward fantasy or science fiction when I was a kid. They're broader, these days, and I'm curious if I would enjoy this more as an adult. This is one that I might try as a read-along with my kid--and then watch the movie afterward.
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I’ll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn’t know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L’Engle’s unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.