A Wrinkle in Time is a science fantasy novel written by American writer Madeleine L’Engle, and was first published in 1962. The book received many accolades, most notably the prestigious Newbery Medal – an award given to authors of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The story centers around Meg Murry, her five-year-old genius brother Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin O’Keefe as they travel through time and space to find and rescue Meg’s father who has suddenly disappeared. However, they must battle various forces of evil on this rescue mission…and Meg will discover that she will have to believe in herself in order to save the person she loves.
This is not just a book for children – but one for readers of all ages! As you sit down to read, you find yourself sucked into this world with your imagination running wild as the pages fly by. A Wrinkle in Time will pull you right into the life of Meg Murry; you will feel her happiness, sadness, and fears throughout the book. Remember, “Believing takes practice.”
- Between 1990-1999, A Wrinkle in Time was the 22nd most frequently challenged book.
- Between 2000-2009, it ranks 90th on ALA‘s Top 100 Banned/Challenged list.
- Some of the reasons it was challenged/banned include the promotion of witchcraft and demons; many felt it undermined religious beliefs; and the use of Jesus Christ’s name next to those of artists, philosophers, and other religious leaders.
- Meg Murry was one the the first female protagonists of a sci-fi novel.
- It is part of a quintet (5 book series). The other titles include A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), Many Waters (1986), and An Acceptable Time (1989).
- You can check out all five books of the series in the SBHS Library!