A Wrinkle in Time has been in print for longer than I have been alive. I read it when I was in 5th grade and loved the series. I remember doing a book report on the 3rd book, A Swiftly Tilting Planet. My presentation of the novel confused my classmates and teachers and didn’t do justice to Ms. L’Engle’s work. J
I have tried to go back and read books as an adult that I loved as a child and the results have been mixed. There are some books, such as this one, that are rich in story and writing and will appeal to both audiences. There are some that don’t translate well across the ages. I very much enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with Mrs Who, Mrs Whatsit, and Mrs Which. If you haven’t read this wonderful book, what are you waiting for?
Theme/Theology: Good vs. Evil, Light vs. Dark, God vs. IT
A Wrinkle in Time was written back before people realized that you could only talk about God in Christian fiction. In fact, it won many awards including the Newbery Medal. The book has a rich theology including scriptural references to Isaiah 42:10-12, 1 Corinthians 1:25-28, and John 1:5 and overt references to Jesus. Imagine!
A Wrinkle in Time looks metaphorically at faith versus intelligence, and the dangers of conforming to society. Love wins out in the end when the main character is able to accept responsibility for her actions and put off her own selfish desires.
While there is magic of sorts in the book and it is mainly science fiction, even the most stringent critics against this genre would have a hard time finding anything objectionable in this book. It is so God-honoring and written from a strong Christian worldview.
Great for middle grade readers and older. Even adults will grin at the characters in this book. Pick up a copy and read it with your kids.
Fitting in, the dangers of conformity, having a selfless attitude, taking responsibility for your own actions, judging people by who they are on the inside and not how they look
What was your favorite book when you were in elementary school? Have you reread it as an adult?