Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time is another childhood classic I just revisited. I don’t remember how old I was when I read it the first time – maybe 7 or 8? Pretty little. All I remembered was a scene where Mrs. Whatsit sprains her dignity, something about a hypnotic brain, and a baby brother named Charles Wallace.
A Wrinkle in Time turned out to be much more sci-fi than I expected. It introduces Meg, a pretty typical, plain-looking tweenage girl trying to fit in at school and failing miserably because she has bad grades and her father’s gone and run off and told the family nothing. (Her principal’s a real jerk about it, too.)
As the book progresses, however, you start to realize that her brother, Charles Wallace, is way above average for his age, her mother and father were working on some pretty important science experiments before her father disappeared, and their neighbors are far from normal. Meg and her brother – along with a friend named Calvin – are suddenly transported to another planet with Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which, and Mrs. Whatsit, who tell them their father is being held prisoner on an evil planet called Camazotz.
The entire book is a little more sci-fi than I would prefer, and very anti-Communist, but it has a wonderfully strong female lead, and it tells the story quite nicely. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, and certainly to anyone between the ages of 8 and 14. ♦