A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal

Goodreads Summary

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 be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?”


Becoming an adult comes with many benefits, including the entirely unexpected appreciation for fantasy. As a child, reading through books such as A Wrinkle in Time, the imagination guides you through each page, leaving you with a lot of unknowns and plenty of room to shape the story to your own ingenious adventure. As an adult, you fully understand what the author’s intent was and what the meaning of the story truly is. This is magical in itself, and I felt no less imaginative reading A Wrinkle in Time as an adult than I would have as a wee one.

The story is ultimately about good vs. evil, faith in the unknown and the power of love. This is no lollipop fantasy however. The story is rich with science fiction and exciting journeys into the unknown. Battles between the good and evil, as well as those battles within oneself and lessons of faith without sight are painted within the wonderfully written short novel. The characters are loveable and flawed. Personally, I adored Charles Wallace. If the Time Quintet was written around his character, I would have already purchased the additional four in the series. I believe that each book can be read as a standalone, and with that being the case, I am not sure if I will continue the series. A Wrinkle in Time was such a wonderful read I don’t want to spoil my opinion in the occurrence I don’t like the others.

Highly recommend for all ages!



2 thoughts on “A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle”

  1. I remember reading this when I was little as well, and I love going back to read somethings as adults. Like you said, still no less magical, just a different kind of magic. It’s almost more intense because I feel it was so open when I was little- now my imagination is more specific. Don’t know if that makes sense, but it does in my head!

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