Staff Love for “A Wrinkle in Time”

We're all excited for A Wrinkle in Time, the beloved children's classic, now a major motion picture! Why does our staff love Madeleine L'Engle? Let's find out!


I remember one Easter morning I woke up at 6 am. Knowing I wasn't allowed to get out of bed YET, I started reading A Wrinkle in Time. I remember feeling so proud of myself that I read a whole chapter BY MYSELF. I was 6 years old, maybe? That's one of my earliest reading memories. That book will always be special to me. ~AL_MARY


My older brother really liked it growing up, but the cover of his copy always scared me/didn't appeal to me so I didn't end up reading it until high school! And when I did read it I felt a huge pang of regret because elementary school Andrew would have loved the fantastical world and ideas just as much as high school Andrew and present day Andrew. ~AL_ANDREW


Once I learned to read, I preferred to read to myself (it's faster that way and my to-read list was giant from the start). However my mom wanted to read A Wrinkle in Time before bedtime to my sister and me. I was completely enchanted and have such good memories of looking forward to snuggling in each evening and adventuring with Meg Murry. ~AL_ELIZABETH


This book was gifted to me in elementary school by a family friend who must have thought I was way smarter than I in fact was; I read it, and liked it, AND it confused the hell out of me. Last summer, I reread Wrinkle in Time as well as the books which come after in this series. Out of the L'Engle books in this series, I think I would have the easiest time recommending A Swiftly Tilting Planet to a modern reader. I also recommend these books to adults! They are very interesting and subtle as well as being quick reads. ~AL_STEFFEN


It's one I re-read about once a year. I'm so excited for the movie and am planning to actually go and see it in the theater—I don't usually get too worked up about movies! ~AL_JILLC


I remember it as the first book that got me really interested in reading. It took me to other worlds. It was so engaging and fantastic and sometimes scary. Meg was my favorite, obviously. I'm also super excited about the movie and I'm so happy that they put it in Ava DuVernay's hands. I can't wait to see her interpretation of it. ~AL_ERINS


SO EXCITED! I've always loved the relationships between Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace and her friend-turned-romantic-interest Calvin O'Keefe. I think that there are a couple of important messages in A Wrinkle in Time: first, girls are strong and smart and can be the rescuers (instead of having to be rescued all the time). Also, love is the most important thing in the world and overcomes all. Love and light are stronger than hate and darkness. That's a message that we really need today, and it's one that really resonates with me. ALSO ALSO I've only just started thinking of how there are very prominent, well-written, strong, wise female characters in A Wrinkle in Time. This is important for girls to see that they can be those things too! FINALLY, let's all agree that the concept of a tesseract is awesome. ~AL_ELIZABETHP


I have to say, this is the most challenging book I've read out loud to my kids. Trying to do justice to Mrs. Which's voice was harder for me than even Gollum from The Hobbit, and that's saying something! ~AL_TINA


It's about Charles Wallace, all the way. Meg and Charles Wallace have an unusual bond, but Charles Wallace was quite unusual himself. I never picked up on any of the traditional themes about love or believing in yourself. I clung to the science fiction aspect and Charles Wallace's precocious nature. I suppose I saw him in myself. ~AL_RACHEL

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