Hi! I’m Heather Lynne and I blog over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks where I have a large collection of recipes and many book reviews. I’m happy to be guest blogging today and sharing a review of one of my favorite children’s books. I’d love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, and Instagram.
A Wrinkle in Time Synopsis
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 be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
My Review of A Wrinkle in Time
I want to start by saying that I first read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle in 7th grade as part of my honors English class. I found it to be magical and exciting. Years later I read it again as part of a literary competition with my godson. I was happy to find that I enjoyed it every bit as much as I did as a child. It was even more fun to be able to discuss it with my godson and my dad. All three of us thought it was a fun read.
The book opens with Meg and her brother Charles Wallace going out for a walk. As they walk they come upon Calvin, a basketball player from Meg’s school. While Meg is awkward and immature, Calvin is a big man on campus. However, something strange is in the air and the three of them continue on their journey.
Charles Wallace takes them through the woods and to a house she thought was abandoned but is now inhabited by the eccentric Mrs. Whatsit and her friends. Once there they learn that Mrs. Whatsit needs them to go on a journey to help find Meg’s missing father. In order to do so they will have to learn about the tesseract.
The journey that comes next is fun and full of action. The children, along with Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, travel to far away planets looking for Mr. Murray. When they finally come to the planet he is on, they find they will have to rescue him from “It”.
“It” is all things evil in the world and the children don’t know how to defeat it. After a few missteps, some brainwashing, and a few scary moments, Meg finds out what is really important and how to defeat “It”.
I really enjoyed the characters in this story. They are vividly described and their personalities shine through. Charles Wallace is the youngest but has intelligence beyond his years. Meg is immature but ready to do almost anything to find her father. Calvin finds himself as the protector. The Mrs. W’s are fun and feisty in their roles.
There are a few themes at work. The first is the classic good versus evil. A secondary theme is that of conformity and fitting in. I like that after all that happens Meg and Calvin can become such great friends even though they come from such different circles.
I’ll end by saying that my dad was pretty upset about the ending until I told him that there are actually 4 other books in this series and he would have to read them to find out what happens. I would recommend this book as one a parent can read to elementary school children or one that teenagers who enjoy fantasy and action would like to read.
I give A Wrinkle in Time 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
Have you ever read A Wrinkle in Time? What did you think about it?