Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

25 Sept – 1 Oct is Banned and Challenged Book week. This is a week celebrating the books that have been banned in one form or another or have at least been challenge and weren’t banned. I have to say, I don’t put a lot of thought into the books that have been banned or challenged generally, but flipping through a list of commonly banned or challenged kids and young adult books, I found 2 that I have been meaning to read. One of them was actually in my stack of books next to my bed and another in our cupboard. In honor of Banned Books Week I read “A Wrinkle in Time”.

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“A Wrinkle in Time” is a book I somehow missed reading as a child and it was recommended by my local bookstore to read to my 9-year-old son. When I bought it I had no idea that it was a book that has been challenged. In our house, with our beliefs there is nothing in this book I would be worried about my son reading.

I love the imagination and adventure. I love the fantasy and the characters are wonderfully flawed. I especially love the lesson at the end, but there are amazing lessons throughout the book I think are important for everyone to have in mind especially these days. I think it is important for adults to remember the lessons of love, forgiveness, dedication, and acceptance…it made me stop and think. Especially in the world we are living in at the moment, stories with these messages are so good for everyone! A few quotes in the book were just the most wonderful things to read and help the children learn how to deal with real issues and feelings they are having as they go through their journey. They reminded me of lessons I have learned to get through sticky situations as well.
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“It was a dark and stormy night” and Meg Murry was having trouble sleeping in her attic room with the wind howling. She was scared that the roof would blow off and sad that they hadn’t heard from their father in such a long time. She went down to the kitchen to grab a quick snack where she found her littlest brother, Charles Wallace, waiting for her and her mother eventually comes down too. The 3 are enjoying sandwiches and each other’s company when a knock comes at the door. When they let the stranger in, Charles Wallace introduces them as he has already met Mrs. Whatsit and they offer her food and drink. They get chatting and Mrs Whatsit explains that she got blown off course and needs to get back to the haunted house on a neighboring property. The next day Meg and Charles Wallace go for a walk and meet Calvin O’Keefe. He just knows he is supposed to be there, and we learn he isn’t the only one with special qualities. Charles is quite advanced for a 5 year old, and Meg will eventually learn her abilities but feels like the black sheep of the family. The 3 meet Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which and are whisked away on adventure to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father, Mr. Murry. We learn that he has been working on time travel along with their mother and other scientists and experimenting with tesseract, which is what creates a wrinkle in time for travel.

I can’t wait to read this book to my son. I know he is going to love everything from the adventure and independence of the kids, to the different planets they explore, to the wonderful people and creatures they meet along the way. This is the first book in the “Time Quintet” series and I am really looking forward to picking up and reading the sequals (A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time). These books are right in our wheelhouse!

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Picture used with permission from Disney

The recommended reading age for this book is 9 and up. Slightly younger children will do find having this read to them. There isn’t anything that is super scary or that would be over their heads in the book, but I feel like my 9-year-old would do fine reading this on his own.

With the incentive of the upcoming movie staring Reese Witherspoon (Mrs Whatsit), Oprah Winfrey (Mrs Which), Mindy Kaling (Mrs Who) and Storm Reid (pictured right) as our brave, dear Meg, I know he will want to get the book read quickly! We have a rule in the house that if there is a book we can read before we see the movie, we read it. He will have a bit of time since Disney will start production on the movie in November 2016 with release dates to follow. So exciting!

Definitely check this book out if you haven’t!

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