A Wrinkle in Time is one of those books that is on most everyone’s top 10 young adult/children’s books. Written by Madeleine L’Engle and originally published in 1962, it transcends generations. While re-reading the book time, multiple people came up to me and expressed their love for the book. Honestly, it is just a plain good book.
I actually haven’t read A Wrinkle in Time since I was 11 (I had read it once before that, too). Several years ago, I picked up a battered, well-loved copy from a thrift store. It has sat on several iterations of my bookshelves. Finally, I decided that I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just nostalgia, and that it was as good of a book as I thought it was.
Meg is a misfit. She has trouble in school because she gets bored with it, and because the other kids make-fun of her younger brother, Charles Wallace, who is a bit different. Meg and Charles Wallace, along with their new friend Calvin, get whisked away to another, darker world by the mysterious Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which in order to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace’s father. They travel via Tesseract, or by causing time to “wrinkle.”
With lessons about love, responsibility, and self-awareness, it makes a great read for younger children. But it goes beyond that. There are also lessons about defying expectations. Aunt Beast is a wonderful example of this. She’s a monstrous-looking creature with no eyes and multiple arms, but Meg realizes that “I must look as strange to it as it looks to me…”—a marvelous revelation to a younger person.
This book lives up to my childhood memories. It is one that I know I will share with my own children, and one that I will re-read more in the future.
Special Blog Note: Normally, I pull cover images from the internet. In this case, I wanted to show off my copy of the book. It’s battered and tattered, but it has character. Structurally, it’s in tact, but the dust jacket is littered in pen marks and ripped. The cover, however, was amateurly repaired with the use of lots of scotch tape, most likely by a child. On the back it’s signed by Barbara Jolene Postell, who I can only assume was the original owner of this particular manuscript. The book itself it a bookclub edition of the book (backflap code of 4082), and was published in 1962 (I think), and contains no mention of the Newberry Award that L’Engle won in 1963.