Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: This edition 2007, Originally 1963
From the publisher:
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.
I have no idea how I missed reading this as a kid. It’s yet another one of those children’s classics that I somehow missed. When I heard and saw people familiar with the book getting excited about the trailer for the upcoming movie, I knew I had to get a copy.
This was so much fun I’m kicking myself for not reading it before now and now that I’ve seen the movie trailer I’m excited about that too.
This blend of science fiction, fantasy, and adventure is just the kind of thing I would have loved as a kid. It might have been a little too much if I’d read it too young however because the idea of IT being such a powerful evil thing.
Have you read any of the follow up books? Are they worth my time?