Reviewed by Jennifer Chretien, Reference Librarian
Rating: 5 Stars
Recently Madeline L'Engle's 1963 classic A Wrinkle in Time was back on the bestseller lists because Chelsea Clinton mentioned it during the Democratic National Convention as being one of her childhood favorites. I was thrilled to see a resurgence of popularity, since it's also one of mine. It also happens to be one of the 100 most frequently banned/challenged books of 1990-2000.
A Wrinkle in Time is the first book of the Time Quintet. It features Meg Murray on a quest to rescue her father, who disappeared on another planet while working on a scientific concept known as a tesseract. Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and her classmate Calvin O'Keefe are guided on this whirlwind mission through the help of her eccentric neighbors: Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who, and Mrs Which, While the book is clearly dated, the story remains fresh and relevant to this day. Meg is a heroine that is seldom featured in books. She is an ordinary child in a family of extraordinary people. Her mother is a gorgeous scientists, two of her are outstanding athletes, and her youngest brother is a child prodigy. Meg is considered an immature annoyance by her teachers. She is of seemingly average intelligence beyond her mathematics ability, is awkward, and a bit surly. In short, she lacks the charm and spunk of the standard childhood heroine. Meg is able to succeed in her goals because of her heart and her perceptiveness, which makes her a wonderful role model for young girls of today;.
A Wrinkle in Time causes its reader to reflect on philosophical concepts and introduces scientific concepts in a way that isn't overwhelming or preachy. I still make literary references as an adult that are found in this book and experience a thrill when I know someone else understood the reference. I still love the book as an adult and cannot wait for my daughter to be old enough for us to read together.