But first... the book!
"A Wrinkle in Time"
by Madeleine L'Engle
Grade Level: 6+
Unwrapping some fun facts about the book
* first published in 1962
*awards: Newbery Medal (1963) , Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Nominee (1964). Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award (1964) (1965), Lewis Arrow Shelf Award, and was runner up for Hans Christian Anderson Award
*this is the first book in L'Engle's "Time Quintet" series
*has 2,821 customer reviews on Amazon
*according to Amazon Author Rank #40 Overall in top 100 authors, #4 in Books for teens, #40 in Books, and # 18 for Most Sold books
*Goodreads has recorded 697,103 Ratings and 22,029 Reviews
Praise for the book
“Yoo's cover art is enchanting.” ―Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast (blog)
“A coming of age fantasy story that sympathizes with typical teen girl awkwardness and insecurity, highlighting courage, resourcefulness and the importance of famiyl ties as key to overcoming them.” ―Carol Platt Liebau, author, in the New York Post
“An exhilarating experience.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” ―Children's Literature
About the book
This is Book 1 of the Time Quintet Series
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.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.
A Wrinkle in Time is a 2018 major motion picture from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling. The movie will hit theatres March 9th.
Introducing the talented author
Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.
She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years—A Small Rain and Ilsa—before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.
She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career.
As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh’s death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and wrote over 60 books. She enjoyed being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren. Sadly, she passed away on September 6, 2007, at a nursing home in Litchfield, Connecticut.
I will be discussing more about L'Engle's incredible writing talents and her wisdom in the up-coming days. I will highlight the movie so you will be well versed in the plot and ready to take your kids to enjoy a wonderful kid's classic that both young and old will adore. You still have time to get a copy of the book and read through it. It is always my opinion to read the book first then go see the movie. Always! I love reviewing classics for you to enjoy.
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