Timeless Science Fiction in "A Wrinkle in Time"

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Timeless Science Fiction in "A Wrinkle in Time"

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L'Engle's classic science fiction work for children, "A Wrinkle in Time." This Newbury award-winning book is the first of a series of five works known as the "Time Quintet."

In "A Wrinkle in Time," Meg Murry, an awkward, extremely bright 13-year old, embarks on a mission to rescue her father, a government worker who is being held prisoner on another planet by the evil presence IT. She is accompanied by her genius brother Charles Wallace, who is only five years old, and Calvin, a new friend and high school basketball star.

The children travel through many planets and dimensions, aided by three magical and colorful presences: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. A time wrinkle, otherwise known as a tesseract, is a mathematical phenomenon similar to a wormhole. This action-filled story is full of interesting characters and lots of suspense, and exposes children to real science in an intriguing atmosphere.

Interspersed throughout the children's adventures are themes of the triumph of good over evil, and the power of love and family. Meg is one of the few female heroines of children's science fiction written at that time.

L'Engle's novels are suitable for ages 11-16.



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