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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.
Mrs. V1 Stars Out Of 5Person indwelling other beings; confusingApril 21, 2011Mrs. VQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1After my teenage daughter stopped reading the first book because of scriptural problems, I as her mother decided to investigate this series to see why they were recommended. I found a lot of scriptural confusion and no strong scriptural basis to encourage kids' walk in the Lord.
Book 3 deals with a main character indwelling different beings in time to "help them" make other decisions that would affect the history of today. Personally, I find this concerning. The Bible mentions that the Holy Spirit indwells us to help us and that demons can indwell people who don't believe in Jesus. If we are to be responsible before God for our decisions, how can this judgment be valid if some other human being living inside us is "helping us" choose what to do?
This series has interesting concepts scientifically, but has much to confuse children about scriptural issues, in my opinion.
Kristen5 Stars Out Of 5August 12, 2010KristenLike all the magnificent Time Quintet books, A Swiftly Tilting Planet is jewel in the crown of imaginative literature. A closer look at a previously unsympathetic character is both fascinating and heartbreaking. The similar names (Zylle, Zillah, Zillie; Madoc, Maddock, Maddox) are a joy. Courage, love, humility, and the need for peace and selflessness are all major themes. Highly reccommended!