L’Engle, M. (1962). A Wrinkle in Time. Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York.
Awards: John Newbery Medal
Annotation: This coming of age science fiction novel has three young children Meg, her younger brother Charles Wallace and their new friend Calvin travel through space in a tersseract or wrinkle in time to save their scientist father.
Review: How can three misfits embark on travels through space to save a missing father? Meg struggling to deal with her raging emotions and the town thinks she is bumbling idiot. She stands up for her younger brother Charles Wallace who they think is dumb and the town’s people wonder how two smart scientists could produce two such children. Their father has disappeared and no one will tell them what has happened to him. The children make friends with an older boy Calvin who comes from a large family and feels that they won’t notice if he is at home or not. They meet three eccentric women named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which who tells them they will help them find their missing father. They are taken through space and time, traveling to a dark planet Camazotz whose inhabitants have been turned into puppets that are controlled by a disembodied brain called IT. Can the children combat and outwit the forces of evil to save their father and return good back to the planet?
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