Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published:  April 01, 2010
Genre:  science fiction/fantasy
ISBN:  978-0312367541
Grade Equivalent:  5.8
Interest Level:  Grades 6-8
Lexile:  740L

Meg was different from everyone else, so was her brother Charles Wallace. Her twin brothers, Sandy and Dennys were able to blend in.   It had been a while since her father had mysteriously left, and there were many stories as to why, and where he had gone.  Upon the arrival of 3 friends:  Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, Meg and her brother, along with their new friend Calvin, set out on an adventure to retrieve her father, by using a tesseract.  What is a tesseract? Will they find him?  Will they be able to bring him home?  

A Wrinkle in Time has been a favorite of mine since my sixth grade teachers, Mrs. Greynolds read it & the rest of the series to our class.  It has all the qualities of a good science fiction:  time travel, strange characters, and a touch of mystery.  It starts on a dark and stormy night, drawing you in from the get go.  

What do I find as somewhat of a downfall of the book?  The end leaves you hanging and wanting more detail as to what happened.  Unless you read on in the series, there are so many unanswered questions.  So, if you are only up to reading one book, this one is probably not for you.  As for me, I will eventually be finishing the series!


  1. It's been such a long time since I read this, but I remember really enjoying the time travel and the quirky characters. Looking forward to your thoughts on When You Reach Me!

  2. My daughter and I have a bit of a hard time with books that leave you hanging in the end. Oh well!


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