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Monday, May 21, 2007

A classic! Meg Murray, Charles Wallace Murray, and Calvin are sent to rescue Meg & Charles Wallace's father. Mr. & Mrs. Murray are two brilliant scientists who have chosen to live in a relatively small town and do their work even though it isn't making them rich. Mr. Murray was working with some other scientists to discover if there is a way to travel through time and space instantaneously. Turns out there is. And he gets stuck in another place that is controlled by darkness. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin (one of Meg's few friends) are taken by Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which to get Mr. Murray.

Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which are wonderfully memorable. They aren't actually human, so when they take human form it can be somewhat humorous. They can easily tesser (travel between space and time similar to the way humans walk), and aren't used to the limitations that humans have (like breathable air and three-dimensional space). But they are able to help these three quest in such a way that they can accomplish their goal. Mrs. Whatsit is the youngest and most able to easily relate to humans. She is able to explain things so they have chances to understand them, as well as help them feel comfortable. Mrs. Who has a harder time, so speaks almost exclusively in quotes (wonderful variety!). And Mrs. Which is in charge and has a hard time materializing, but knows what is truly vital for each of them to know and helps Meg to step up to the challenge of what must be done.

The planet their father is imprisoned on is controlled by IT. Everything is regulated .. what houses look like, and when children play, and what they play with, and where people work, and what they wear, and what in rhythm they breath. Meg, Charles Wallace, Calvin, and Mr. Murray have to fight IT .. and they do so by not giving in to the rhythm. By speaking against it. By not fitting in. By choosing to stand out. By exhulting in differences. How sweet .. that those who are different and not willing to lose their identity are able to break free and bring freedom to others.

Title:A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Date published:1962
Genre: Young adult, fiction
Series: Time Quartet
Number of pages: 190
Notes: Repeat reading


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