Monday, September 01, 2008


Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 245
Number in Series : #1 Time Quintet Series
Reason for Reading : Young Adult Challenge, Book Awards II Challenge

This Newberry Medal award winning chidren's tale follows Meg (short for Margaret) Murray and her brother Charles Wallace on their adventures. Both are outcasts being though dumb and backwards by other children and adults, when in reality they are merely misunderstood. They team up with Calvin O'Keefe to battle the supreme evil, IT, who is also misunderstood and neglected in his extremely large family.

It all starts when Meg wants to go looking for her father. He disappeared some years ago amid speculation that he ran off with another woman which his family knows is a lie. He was secretly working on a government project and wrote often until the letters suddenly stop worrying his wife and children. Charles befriends the strange Mrs Whatsit and her friends Mrs Who and Mrs Which to track him down and defeat the evil that wants everyone to be the same. To save their father, and the universe, they must travel by tesser, a unique form of travel in the fifth dimension using a tesseract previously thought impossible.

A thoroughly enjoyable start to the series. The characters were well rounded and I liked that Meg was told to reply on her faults (impatience and stubborness for te most part!). There were some great ideas the author proposed and developed and I can picture many a children's author taking ideas from this novel. I loved her descriptions of people and places from outside our world out in space. Just enough detail to make it seem real without being too science fiction orientated. There was an interview with Madeleine at the eback along with her award acceptance speech which made for good additional reading.

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Susan

13 comments:

Kailana said...

I am glad you liked this book. It was my favourite book when I was a young adult and now I try and reread it every so often!

Nymeth said...

I had almost forgotten that there were more books in the series. I need to get around to reading those!

Cath said...

I think I'm going to have to get this one. I've heard so much about it and what with your lovely review and the fact that I too am doing the Book awards challenge... plus that's *such* a gorgeous cover. How many more excuses do I need? 8-S

Ladytink_534 said...

This was my first Madeleine L'Engle book and I loved it! I can barely remember anything about it now though so it's about time for a re-read.

mariel said...

I have a vague memory of reading this as a child, but the story doesn't seem familiar at all!!

jehara said...

this is has been a favorite since childhood. glad you liked it ;)

Kim L said...

What a great read! I love this book and I have read some of the sequels (although not all... there's quite a few). What an amazingly talented writer!

Trish said...

I've always wanted to read this book but haven't ever gotten around to it. Thanks for reminding me to put it on my hard copy list! I didn't realize this was a series!

Andrew Clarke said...

If you liked this one, you might also enjoy reading "Outcasts Of Skagaray". For a preview, see www.threeswans.com.au It would be great to hear your opinion.

Darla D said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, since it's one of my favorites! It is odd to think how hard a time she had publishing it - publishers liked it but thought it was too strange, too difficult, for children. I'm glad someone finally took a chance on it! And it makes you wonder what other amazing books are out there, just waiting for a publisher to take a chance so we can read them one day...

Susan said...

Here is my review from last June: http://susanflynn.blogspot.com/2008/06/wrinkle-in-time-and-final-thoughts-on.html
I'm adding yours to my blog. I like your review. I really have to read the others in the series. It's a wonderful story and I love the family.

joanna said...

I just read this too and really liked it. I wonder what the rest of the series is like!

when-books-tell-a-story said...

I was slightly disappointed with this book when I read it recently. Maybe that's because I was expecting a purely science fiction story, and it wasn't exactly that.