Monday, September 8, 2008

A Wrinkle in Time

After reading The Book Thief, I was in the mood for something lighter and this book for kids seemed just the thing. Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time was very enjoyable - I stayed up to finish it on Saturday night so I guess the story must have been good! :-)

The story is about teenage Meg, her little brother Charles and their friend Calvin. It's science fiction with all the best elements, space travel, time travel, magic, evil planets etc. I liked the way it was told, the style kept me interested.

Apparently L'Engle had a lot of trouble getting this published because it was so different. The book has also been challenged a lot because of the way it talks about Christianity - although I think they should have let it go since not many fun books for kids mention Christianity at all so they won on it anyway. It ended up winning the Newberry Medal, so I guess people changed their minds about it once it was published!

Challenges: Book Awards II, 888 Challenge

4 comments:

Nymeth said...

It's sad to think that a book that is basically about tolerance and love could be so controversial. I'm glad you enjoyed it! I read it earlier this year and I also really did.

Charley said...

I liked this book, too. I loved Aunt Beast. I didn't feel compelled to read the rest of the series, but I definitely think A Wrinkle in Time is a classic and worth reading.

joanna said...

Nymeth - there are too many who don't think tolerance is a virtue.

charley - I'm like you, I'm not sure I'll read the rest of the series... And I thought Aunt Beast was such a cool name!! ;-)

Josette said...

My favourite character was Charles! He appears to be such a smart kid. Too smart for a five-year-old.

It's also amazing that the book was rejected 26 times! But luckily it's published in the end.

Here is my review. :)