Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Banned Book Review | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is the first book in the Time Quintet series by Madeleine L'Engle.

Book Description
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 a vivid memory of the day I picked A Wrinkle in Time from my elementary school library. I had never heard of it before, but the description sounded like something I wanted to read. I had no idea how much I would fall in love with that book. A Wrinkle in Time had a huge influence on me as a reader. It was one of those rare books that brought me to another world and completely consumed me.

I've been considering rereading A Wrinkle in Time for a few years now, but I was scared to do so. I couldn't remember anything about the book other than how much I loved it. I didn't want to taint that memory, but at the same time, I wanted to remember what I loved so much about it. When I saw it was one of the most frequently challenged books, I knew it was the perfect book for me to read for Banned Books Week.

As soon as I started reading A Wrinkle in Time, I knew why I loved it! A spooky storm, a haunted house, mysterious people, and a missing physicist dad all right off the bat. A Wrinkle in Time is a nerdy book, too. School teachers and librarians have to love this book. There are so many elements of reading, math, science... and not just science - the good quantum physics stuff!

I'm so glad I didn't let my reread fears keep me from revisiting A Wrinkle in Time. I highly, highly recommend it for young readers. I will definitely be reading it again with my boys.

9/10: Highly recommended

Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? Are you reading anything special during banned books week this week? What are some of your favorite books that have been challenged?

This review is being shared as part of Banned Book Week hosted by Book Journey. Be sure to check out the posts all week long for lots of awesome banned book reviews, posts, and giveaways!


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  1. I need to read this one! I have it on the shelf and just have not had time. Thanks for being a part of banned book week!

  2. I've actually never read this one. I'm not sure why. It seems like one I'd love.

  3. I LOVED A Wrinkle in Time! I haven't read it in years, but I still remember many of the disturbing elements that stood out to me, as well as the ending. Great book for kids! :D

  4. I'm so ashamed to admit that I've never read this! :( I do believe my daughter will be reading it as part of her homeschooling curriculum this year. That's how I get to those books I've missed in the past, lol.

    Isn't it fantastic re-reading a book like this? It brings up such great memories. I re-read Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret for banned book week and I'm so glad I did!

  5. Another book that I haven't read but I know it was a favourite with one of my nieces - I'll have to see if she still has her copy.

  6. When I was in grade school and of an age where we were all more than old enough to read for ourselves, we had a teacher that read aloud to the fifth and sixth graders twice a week IF we earned it. She was so marvelous, we worked really hard to earn it. She is the person who introduced this book to me - a book I probably never would have picked up on my own. This book taught me that science could be incredibly cool and that teacher taught me to stretch my wings.

    1. That's awesome, Lisa. I had forgotten how cool the science was in this one.

  7. I remember reading this as a kid and for the life of me I don't know why it's been challenged/banned. I may have to read it as an adult...

    1. I read it had to do with lumping Jesus in with artists, philosophers, and religious leaders.

  8. This has been on my 'to-read' shelf for ever, I simply must pick it up soon and check it out! I'm a total nerd so I can picture loving this 8-)

    Great review & thanks for sharing!

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows

  9. Like you, all I remember about the book is how much I loved it! Glad it holds up to a reread.


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