This is sort of a review, sort of a prequel for my next review. A Wrinkle in Time is my absolute all time favorite childhood book (and possibly shaped my childhood and future more than Pee Wee’s Playhouse, but that’s another story for another time). This book was written back in the day when young adult books were in the 150-200 page range (not the Harry Potter 600+ page range), so as an adult, you could easily read this book in an afternoon if you were so inclined. Or you could read the graphic novel (which I not-so-subtly asked my mom for as a birthday gift this year. Yes, I know I’m an adult.) which is an even quicker read.
Book Description (Amazon):
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.
There are a lot of reasons that I connected with this book–I was the awkward girl with braces and mousy brown hair who was good at math and science (like Meg). I loved reading fantasy and science fiction, and for once, the main character was someone I could relate to in some ways. (My parents are not physicists, and I have a small family so there are some differences!) That aside however, it can still stand on the fact that it is a great book. It has interesting characters (particularly Charles Wallace, who is such a great character), darkness and whimsy, and science in the science fiction. Despite the book being 50+ years old, it doesn’t date itself. It really feels like it could be set in any time (until, I guess we figure out how to manipulate the space-time continuum to travel at will…) which is why if you have never read this book, you should take an afternoon to do so. And make your kids read it too. Interest in math and science is never a bad thing. 🙂