A Wrinkle in Time

(Hardback - Jan 1962)
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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. "A Wrinkle in Time," winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem. "A Wrinkle in Time" is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.


  • SKU: 9780374386139
  • SKU10: 0374386137
  • Title: A Wrinkle in Time
  • Series: Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet
  • Qty Remaining Online: 10
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Date Published: Jan 1962
  • Pages: 216
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • Age Range: 10 - 14
  • Grade Level: 5th Grade thru 9th Grade
  • Weight lbs: 0.78
  • Dimensions: 8.50" L x 5.82" W x 0.78" H
  • Features: Price on Product, Illustrated, Ikids, Dust Cover
  • Themes: Theometrics | Mainline; Theometrics | Evangelical;
  • Subject: Classics
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Chapter Excerpt

Chapter One

"Now, don't be frightened, loves," Mrs.  Whatsit said.  Her plump little body began to shimmer, to quiver, to shift.  The wild colors of her clothes became muted, whitened.  The pudding-bag shape stretched, lengthened, merged.  And suddenly before the children was a creature more beautiful than any Meg had even imagined, and the beauty lay in far more than the outward description.  Outwardly Mrs.  Whatsit was surely no longer a Mrs.  Whatsit.  She was a marble-white body with powerful flanks, something like a horse but at the same time completely unlike a horse, for from the magnificently modeled back sprang a nobly formed torso, arms, and a head resembling a man's, but a man with a perfection of dignity and virtue, an exaltation of joy such as Meg had never before seen.  No, she thought, it's not like a Greek centaur.  Not in the least.

From the shoulders slowly a pair of wings unfolded, wings made of rainbows, of light upon water, of poetry.

Calvin fell to his knees.

"No," Mrs.  Whatsit said, though her voice was not Mrs.  Whatsit's voice.  "Not to me, Calvin.  Never to me.  Stand up."

"Ccarrry themm," Mrs.  Which commanded.

With a gesture both delicate and strong Mrs.  Whatsit knelt in front of the children, stretching her wings wide and holding them steady, but quivering.  "Onto my back, now," the new voice said.

The children took hesitant steps toward the beautiful creature.



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