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Number of Pages: 352
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Sandy and Dennys have always been the normal, run-of-the-mill ones in the extraodinary Murry family. They garden, make an occasional A in school, and play baseball. Nothing especially interesting has happened to the twins until they accidentally interrupt their father's experiment.
Then the two boys are thrown across time and space. They find themselves alone in the desert, where, if they believe in unicorns, they can find unicorns, and whether they believe or not, mammoths and manticores will find them.
The twins are rescued by Japheth, a man from the nearby oasis, but before he can bring them to safety, Dennys gets lost. Each boy is quickly embroiled in the conflicts of this time and place, whose populations includes winged seraphim, a few stray mythic beasts, perilous and beautiful nephilim, and small, long lived humans who consider Sandy and Dennys giants. The boys find they have more to do in the oasis than simply getting themselves home--they have to reunite an estranged father and son, but it won't be easy, especially when the son is named Noah and he's about to start building a boat in the desert.
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 5Caution needed in this readApril 21, 2011Mrs. VQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1This book is based on Noah's time. For children, the concerns are about the sexual issues dealt with in the book. Another concern was the fact that one of the characters was "taken away" like Enoch. The Bible only mentions two being "taken away" - Enoch and Elijah.
This book would be a troubling read for many. The end of the book doesn't leave one "spiritually uplifted," in my opinion.
Kristen5 Stars Out Of 5August 12, 2010KristenYet another beautiful work from the great Madeline L'Engle! The characters are as convincing and lovable as ever, the Nephilim satisfyingly creepy, Tiglah (also satisfyingly) despicable, and Yalith and Oholibamah were delightful to read about! I loved Sandy and Dennys' journeys from practical-minded skeptics to real young men of faith. The ending, while rather sad, was both fitting and touching; and the phrase "Some things have to be believed to be seen" is so great it gives me shivers. "Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods (even the Great Flood) drown it." L'Engle has convinced me of this; she'll convince you, too!