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A Wrinkle in Time | [Madeleine L'Engle]

A Wrinkle in Time

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?
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Rediscover one of the most beloved children's books of all time: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle:

Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

From the Trade Paperback edition.

©1962 Madeleine L'Engle (P)2011 Random House Audio

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    Patricia Libby, MT, United States 02-01-12
    Patricia Libby, MT, United States 02-01-12
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    "Thank You for a New Narrator"

    Have always loved this book and when I found it in unabridged form I was thrilled. The first copy I purchased was narrated by the author, and while I love her books - I could not stand the sound of her voice. I was never able to get through the audio version because of it.

    Now this new narrator is great and gives the feel of Meg Murray and her family. She does a great job. Story, great, narrator great - definitely recommended.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Kitto Townsville 04-03-12
    Michael Kitto Townsville 04-03-12

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    "Childhood Classic"

    I can see why this book is a children???s classic; the adventure, intrigue and fantasy world combine together to make a truly fantastic novel. This is the first time I???ve read this book and I do feel like I missed out on experiencing this as a child. The three children in this book are great characters, not the typical sweet kids you seem to find in children???s stories; these kids have flaws and have been told to embrace them. Through their adventures to Camazotz you find that all the kids talents work together to help each other; Calvin shows an interest in philosophy, Meg with her talent for mathematics and Charles' intellectually curious.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the intrigue kept pushing me through this book. The weirdness of the plot and the world reminded me a little of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass and how much I enjoyed reading that book. Don???t let the fact that this is a Children???s classic stop you from reading this book; like Alice???s Adventures in Wonderland this is equally enjoyable to read as an adult. The philosophical and religious metaphors in the book would make this the perfect book to dissect and explore deeper.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    nicole Raleigh, NC, United States 03-04-13
    nicole Raleigh, NC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read. 10 years or above"
    What did you love best about A Wrinkle in Time?

    My students lived it and were sad it ended.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charles Wallace was adorable.


    What does Hope Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Loved her voices for the different characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Introduction of mrs. Whatsit was heart warming.


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    Susie Post Rust Chapel Hill, NC United States 10-29-12
    Susie Post Rust Chapel Hill, NC United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read"
    If you could sum up A Wrinkle in Time in three words, what would they be?

    I hadn't read this in about 30 years, and I was wondering if it was appropriate for my nine-year-old. I got sucked in and thoroughly enjoyed it myself. I have no idea if he'll read it too!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Cookeville, TN, United States 02-27-12
    Kelly Cookeville, TN, United States 02-27-12
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    "It's about time!"

    An obvious double meaning! I'm in my mid-60's, and I think all of my children read this book in the early- to mid- teens. I remember my daughter (the oldest) telling me I should read it, way back then, but I never got around to it. When I saw it for sale here I decided it was about time I checked it out. I'm so glad I did.

    I enjoyed seeing the different personalities and strengths and weaknesses of the children in the story. I enjoyed seeing how Meg's mind worked, and how honest she was. It is a beautiful story, beautifully told.

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    Rosemary Gungahlin, Australia 10-06-13
    Rosemary Gungahlin, Australia 10-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant"

    I was recommended the book by a friend after I said how much I enjoyed Narnia.
    A bit heavy handed with it's christian metaphors, and I could have done without the "perfect guy falling in love with the quirky protagonist with low self esteem" but that doesn't intrude much, if at all, with what's amazing about the story.
    All the characters are amazing
    The worlds are amazing
    The truths and metaphors are amazing
    The lessons are amazing.
    Loved it.

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    Shaun WICHITA, KS, United States 12-17-12
    Shaun WICHITA, KS, United States 12-17-12
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    "Good Rewind to my youth."

    I felt like a kid again reading this. It was one of my favorites as a child. I was surprised at how simplistic it seemed to me now. The Narrator did well.

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    Carol College Park, MD, United States 08-21-12
    Carol College Park, MD, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    What other book might you compare A Wrinkle in Time to and why?

    This is not really like any other book I have listened/read. Time Travelers Wife is what I was thinking of when I ordered this. I was happy with the story and am not sure how young a reader I would give this to.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this is a children's book but felt it perhaps should be a young adult book. I liked it very much.

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    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 07-17-13
    Rose Troy BRIDGEPORT, AL, US 07-17-13
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    "Timeless classic!"

    This book never gets old even though it was written in the 1960's. For over 10 years I have read this book (or let them listen to this book) to my 4th graders and they love it!

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    Sammie Missouri Ozarks 04-08-13
    Sammie Missouri Ozarks 04-08-13
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    I loved the idea of the story, liked the characters, but I found this not to my liking in listening. It seemed over-dramatized, too much effort went in to making it scary. As an audio, this would never work for children in my opinion

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    "sci fi for the young adult."

    its a long time since I was a young adult but I did enjoy this book. its not in the harry potter or the secrets of the immortal Nicholas flamel series league but is a good introduction into the sci fi/ fantasy genre leading onto the great writers - Arthur c clark, Asimov, neil gaiman, terry pratchet.and phllip pullman
    fast paced, good characterisation, a little scary, a happy ending what more could you ask for.
    the narrator at times seemed to be a little stilted but acted the parts well.

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