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Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Square Fish
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 8.3 X 5.3 (inches)|
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Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil--a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world. This special edition has been redesigned and includes an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis that includes photographs and memorabilia, the author's Newbery Medal acceptance speech, and other bonus materials.
Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.
Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.
Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.
· John F. Kennedy was the president of the United States.
· The manned space program was in its infancy (John Glenn orbited the earth four times); the first commercially sponsored communication satellite, Telstar, was launched; and the unmanned space probe,, Mariner II, flew past Venus.
· James D. Watson, Maurice H. F. Wilkins, and Francis H. Crick won the Nobel Prize for determining the structure of DNA.
· The Cuban Missile Crisis brought the U.S. and Russia to the brink of war.
· James Meredith was escorted by U.S. marshals into the University of Mississippi as he registered for classes.
· To Kill a Mockingbird and The Manchurian Candidate were playing in movie theaters. The Yankees won the World Series again, and a first-class postage stamp was $.04.
These are the scientific, political, and social landscapes that existed when A Wrinkle in Time was first read by young people in America. Many things have changed since then, but the book remains a favorite of students and teachers alike, because, one hand, it is a work of science fiction and fantasy that transcends the everyday to illuminate large themes and concerns, and on the other, it deals with the small and large realities of young people's lives: relationships among friends and family, courage, conformity, and growing up. On top of that, it's a great adventure story with characters kids care about.
A Wrinkle in Time is, in short, a classic, a part of young people's heritage and culture.
In this guide, we've provided questions for contemplation and discussion, activities for exploration, and teaching connections to science, social studies, history, and literature.
[L'Engle's] work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum.
A Wrinkle in Time taught me that you can tackle even the deepest and most slippery concepts of physics and philosophy in fiction for young readers. It's a great lesson for all writers, and a tough tesseract to follow.
Dianne McfaddenCanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good bookDecember 27, 2012Dianne McfaddenCanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I bought this copy as a gift after I had read another copy. It's a good story and well written. This 50th anniversary edition is very nice.
RedRaider89Age: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Recommned, but not for the reason you'd think.April 1, 2012RedRaider89Age: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I just completed this book and it is rather odd and I wonder why it is here on ChristianBook.com. You'd think ChristianBook.com thinks this is a Christian book. Well, it very certainly is not a Christian book. This is more closely aligned with a New Age book, with some science fiction and science fact thrown in. The strongest evidence against it is it's equating Buddah with Jesus Christ, along with Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Einstein, etc., all equally being "fighters against the "Dark Thing", the villain in the book. In addition, it has three women who can easily be considered to be witches, though not called witches. My main point here is to say, don't be fooled into believing this is a Christian book simply because Mrs. L'Engle likes to throw in a few Bible verses, more than a few being misquoted. If Mrs. L'Engle had not tried to throw together Science Fiction with Christianity, and had just stuck to Science Fiction, I'd highly recommend this book. But this throwing in of Bible verses, using them for secular purposes, is bad since there is nothing fictitious about Christianity and this book does not give the slightest indication that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, God, and no indication that He has already defeated the villian, the Dark Thing, which is Evil personified, in the book at the cross. In the book, Jesus Christ is just a great teacher and great fighter, as we all are, against "The Powers of Darkness", which that phrase the book actually contains, not the one who defeated the "powers of darkness" once and for all at the cross.