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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, a timeless science fantasy novel published in 1962, takes readers on an extraordinary journey with Meg Murry, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe. The narrative seamlessly weaves elements of science fiction, fantasy, and spirituality as the trio traverses space and time to rescue Meg’s father from the clutches of darkness. L’Engle's storytelling introduces readers to a captivating blend of imaginative realms, mysterious creatures, and profound themes of love and courage.

Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, a period marked by the Space Race and a growing fascination with science and exploration, A Wrinkle in Time reflects the cultural milieu of its time. The novel challenged traditional norms of children’s literature by incorporating scientific concepts into a fantastical narrative. The character of Meg Murry, with her relatability and intelligence, adds depth to the story, emphasizing the power of love as a force that can conquer the darkest challenges.

L’Engle later wrote a whole series about the Murry family called the Time Fantasy Series, including A Wind in the Door (1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1978), Many Waters (1986), and An Acceptable Time (1996). A Wrinkle in Time continues to be relevant in contemporary times, captivating new generations with its universal themes and imaginative storytelling. Furthermore, the novel has been adapted into various forms, including a 2018 film starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, and Reese Witherspoon.

Explore the full plot summary, the character list, and three mini essays on key topics from A Wrinkle in Time.

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