I was asked to blog about Madeleine L'Engle's YA sci-fi/fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time as it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and, with it, a special commemorative edition featuring the same artwork as the original release. What makes a book important to a young person? I remember reading A Wrinkle in Time, and the four subsequent books in L'Engle's Time Quintet, over and again between the ages of 10 and 16. The first time around, the series was a thrill. Later on, it became a comfort. Revisiting it just now was like stepping back into childhood and into the place of the kind of person I aspired to be at that time, which is what I had found in A Wrinkle in Time.
The Time Quintet follows hero Meg Murry, an awkward young thing with little self-assurance who learns to embrace her exceptional self over the course of her adventures through space and time, alongside other members of the brilliant and eccentric Murry family. A Wrinkle in Time has been called a precursor to popular YA series like Harry Potter and the Hunger Games (with Meg Murry garnering many comparisons to heroine-du-jour Katniss Everdeen of the Hunger Games). What these series all share is that magic and indelibility that, for the right reader, will turn words on paper into a friend for life.
|I want to hug this book.|
|Time Quintet box set.|
|Look for the 50th anniversary special edition in our store soon!|