An Acceptable Time, Time Quintet #5  -     By: Madeleine L'Engle
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Polly O'Keefe has recently come to live in the country with her grandparents, the famous scientists Alex and Kate Murry, when she wanders into a time 3,000 years before her own. Perhaps it's not an accident - as she is told by two druids: When a gate betweencircles of time opens, it opens for a reason. When the gate closes behind Polly and her gravely ill friend Zachary, the reason becomes clear. In this desperate time, can Polly keep herself and Zachary alive until the gate reopens to bring them home?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 367
Vendor: Square Fish
ISBN: 0312368585
ISBN-13: 9780312368586

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Publisher's Description

An Acceptable Time, the final book in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet, the series that began with the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time

A flash of lightning, quivering ground, and, instead of her grandparents' farm, Polly sees mist and jagged mountains -- and coming toward her, a group of young men carrying spears.

Why has a time gate opened and dropped Polly into a world that existed 3,000 years ago? Will she be able to get back to the present before the time gate closes -- and leaves her to face a group of people who believe in human sacrifice?

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

When Polly O'Keefe visits her grandparents in Connecticut, she finds herself caught up in the lives of three mysterious strangers [who lived] 3,000 years ago [and] travels back in time to play a crucial role in an ancient confrontation...L'Engle has again achieved the award-winning style of A Wrinkle in Time. . .Highly recommended.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Confusing scripturally
    April 21, 2011
    Mrs. V
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book dealt with issues about a person dying as well as pagan belief systems. In the book, there was some doctrine discussed about Christianity, but it was very ambiguous and dealt much more with talk about the "Power" - a goddess. No mention of Jesus being the only way to God. Several items could be taken out of context by kids who may not "catch" some of the subtleties of belief. A disappointing read - not uplifting.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 12, 2010
    I love all of Madeline L'Engle's classic Time Quintet, and this is no exception. One thing about this book that has always stuck out to me is the contrast between Zachary and Polly. Zachary, a troubled young man with a heart condition, does not believe in an afterlife of any kind, and his terror of obliteration drives him to desperate, selfish actions. Polly, on the other hand, finds that her belief in a loving God helps her to make courageous, selfless descions.I reccommend this and the rest of the series to anyone who likes deep, thought-provoking, but also very exciting adventures.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 2, 2008
    Our eleven year old boys LOVED these books. After the 5th, they were hoping there was more!!
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