The young have stolen and now rule the world. They live in cities organised into the School System led by Monitors and Prefects under an enigmatic Head Boy and legendary, if absent, Head Girl. There are no more families, only Houses such as Retro, Bandit, Messianic and the great Parenting House where babies are grown and children reared. The dirty work of the world is done by geeks, genetically engineered kids. The cities are dedicated solely to enjoyment and indulgence whilst around them lie the ruins of the ancient world. Beyond these are The Wilds where the bulk of humanity survive in prehistoric clans, maddened by an infection that has crept into the human genome at Parenting House. Finally, there are the compounds where the aged who have regained their sanity live out their lives in squalour and anger.
Four young people are sent on a brief fact-finding assignment to a compound. When it ends in murder, Monitors, Prefects, Heads of Houses and even Head Boy himself are prompted to action. Two of the four, Sharlot and Nathan, are guilty, ruthless and brutal, the other two, Joshwa and Mree, innocent, compassionate and vulnerable. They become hunter and hunted in a conflict which undermines their society. For Sharlot and Nathan, the murders are the start of a brilliantly organised plan, for Joshwa and Mree, they reveal the corruption at the heart of their world where greed and selfishness have destroyed all that is best in human nature.
“That first night wasn’t easy. I thought we’d all be relieved to have mum back, and we were, but it wasn’t the mum we remembered. She’d changed so much, not just to look at, but in the way she spoke, the way she moved, and inside her, what made her our mum.”Rachel’s cancer-stricken mother calls her Miracle Girl because so much rests on her young shoulders. But how do you keep calm at the centre of an emotional storm or in control of a world that’s fast falling apart? This is Rachel’s answer, with strength, compassion, humour and love.
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. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a movie from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling.
This title has Common Core connections.
Books by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time Quintet
A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
An Acceptable Time
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson
Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson: A standalone story set in the world of A Wrinkle in Time.
The Austin Family Chronicles
Meet the Austins (Volume 1)
The Moon by Night (Volume 2)
The Young Unicorns (Volume 3)
A Ring of Endless Light (Volume 4) A Newbery Honor book!
Troubling a Star (Volume 5)
The Polly O'Keefe books
The Arm of the Starfish
Dragons in the Waters
A House Like a Lotus
And Both Were Young
The Joys of Love
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