A Wrinkle In Time: An Adventure Written in More than Just Two Dimensions.

L'Engle, Madeliene. A Wrinkle In Time. Farrar Stratus Giroux Publishing. 1962


“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. - Mrs. Whatsit”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time is a imagination filled story about three young kids on a mission to save a gifted scientist! This story has all kinds of twists and turns and will have you on the edge of the book until the end! This book mixes in reality with fantasy; the best of both worlds! We have the primary characters.."the humans" and the illustrious "immortal or superhuman characters"! A Wrinkle in Time includes family and friendship and how courage can take you to the ends of the universe. Meg is considered to be the outcast of the family and the eldest child of the bunch. Meg is like any other teen at this age..misunderstood..unpopular..and she hates how she looks. However, at the same time, she is a quiet genius. She takes on a journey of a lifetime. There are a whole host of outstanding characters in this book that lead up to.....Lets see where this story takes us..
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A Wrinkle in Time was published in 1962. The book itself mirrors issues and broad events through a mash a symbolism and metaphor.
Only 15 years have passed from the devastation of the Second World War, as well as the horrors of the holocaust. And as the decade turns to the sixties, the civilian trust of government and desire for conformity is beginning to shift. On an international front the United States and Russia seem to be heading to war.

L’engle’s novel illustrates values that support the idea of “counterculture.” Meg and Charles Wallace are different. Meg is socially impatient and considered an outcast. Charles Wallace is a bright and telepathically gifted child who is also somewhat of a loner and socially awkward. Even the popular and athletic Calvin O’Keife desires to be different, and perhaps that's why he is so attracted to the Murray family. L’engle emphasizes that these differences and faults are to be treasured.

On the Planet of Camozotz, this human populated world resembles the conformity desired by the Third Reich. The people all submit to an overlord brain like entity referred to as IT. Everyone is the same and regulated, and those that don’t fit the mold are eliminated. It also showcases the flaw of the communist party, in a world where everyone’s thinking and individualism is bred for them. There can be no true happiness in such a way of life.

Even the concept of the tesseract is a cold war product. Meg’s Father and his fellow scientists rush into a science and power that they do not fully understand, and the process is dangerous and unpredictable. Though the ending discovery may be worth the struggle, it is never wise to use something before one understands it’s power - much like the space race and the arms race.

Despite the age of a book, much can always be put in to perspective by reviewing the context of its origin.

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Understanding is a main desire for young adults. Everyone can relate in some form or the other about being misunderstood at times in life. A Wrinkle in Time revolves mainly around the main character, Meg Murray, a young woman in high school who is in a constant battle with fitting for the reality of being different and understanding herself. The story depicts the character of Meg very clearly in a sense that is relatable to teens all around the world. The constant illustration about Meg's character will inspire the odd-feeling teen that anybody can be a hero. Madeleine L'engle creates a unique and mystical way to illustrate to teenagers about challenges that are very common in their lives. This book also includes various quotes from poets and other philosophers as well as significant verses from scripture. This book has a strong Christian basis and should be looked at carefully.
A Wrinkle in Time contains a large amount of rich vocabulary. This book embraces the value of knowledge and the quest for it. Every character has an above average intelligence level at some measure or another. The book highlights the advantages of math, science, history, and language. Meg showcases instances of math and her shortcuts. Calvin has a strong knowledge of history through recollections of the declaration of independence and the Gettysburg address. Mr. Murray is a scientist and explores the exciting possibilities science provides. Mrs. Who continuously quotes morals and haikus in different languages and then translates them into English. Charles Wallace represents the quest for learning in itself - always curious and inquisitive. Overall, it has many positive messages toward the quest of learning and also exposes students to a number of different topics for a student to explore or gain interest.

This website provides lesson plans to assist teachers with instruction of L'engle's A Wrinkle In Time. Students can be shown different ways of relating to the text with the help of the teacher's guidance.

This website will encourage students to share their thoughts on the text and express their creativity. The more that students develop the chance to express themselves and show relation, the more clear the text will become.

This website gives a number of avenues for teachers to take when covering A Wrinkle In Time. It is a great resource section for teachers to have at their fingertips, and keeping the ideas open for creativity amongst the students.

About Madeleine L'engle
Madeleine L'engle, born November 29, 1918, is an American writer who specializes in fictional works. She began writing at age five and began keeping a journal at age eight. Growing up, Madeleine was branded as slow, or what some might have called retarded. She then put all of her frustrations into writing and got lost in fantasy. L'Engle then moved onto go to college..no one thought she would make it! After she graduated with honors she was given in marriage to Hugh Franklin an actor at that time. She has written numerous works that have won her prestigious awards. She writes for the fascination of children and adults, but the main focus of her works have been for the children. As a child herself, L'engle found writing as a way to understand life, and that's the message that she tries to convey to her readers. Mrs. L'engle wrote all the way up until her death on September 6, 2007.


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Sheila Shipp
Kindra Peterson
Kory Heerspink
Dan Sommerville
Colin DeHaan