Here is the latest installment of “My Favorite Books Series.”
3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Book 1 of the Time Quartet)
What It’s About: Meg Murry is a troublesome fourteen year old girl who lives were her eclectic family which includes scientist parents, athletic twin brothers and her five year old brother Charles Wallace Murry, a super genius who can read minds. After running into Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, Meg, Charles and their friend Calvin O’Keefe travel the universe via a tesseract to rescue Mr. Murry and save the universe.
Why I Love It: This book might be aimed at children, but I read A Wrinkle in Time for the first time a year ago. The prose is quite simple, but I was enthralled by the simple and involving story. It’s not predictable and is thoroughly clever with engaging characters and imaginative situations. There is a reason this book is a classic. Meg Murry was Hermione Granger before Harry Potter was published. Plain, but capable of great things, Meg overcomes her fears to save her father. Yet, she is still a normal fourteen year old girl. Although Meg and Calvin has an attraction, their “romance,” doesn’t take away from the text. In fact, L’Engle does an excellent job of keeping the story moving. And what’s not to love about the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night.” Classic.
The book is the first in the Time Quartet which features:
1. A Wrinkle in Time
2. A Wind in the Door
3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
4. Many Waters
There was also a fifth book published called An Acceptable Time