A Wrinkle In Time
The 2004 - 2005 issues of the Page Turner will feature guides to help afterschool practitioners lead book clubs in their programs. See The Wire for help in setting up book clubs. If you'd like to start with a different book than the one we've selected, see our tips on creating your own discussion guide.
About the Book
Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Award-winning book A Wrinkle in Time, published in 1962 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, continues to find new audiences. Though it has won several prestigious awards, this beloved novel also has the dubious distinction of being number 12 on the ACLU's list of Top 50 Most Frequently Banned Books, in company with such great works as Huckleberry Finn and The Catcher in the Rye. The book, available in several editions, runs about 232 pages and is appropriate for Independent Readers grades 4 and above.
Meg and Charles Wallace Murry's father, an atomic physicist, disappeared years ago on a secret mission. Aided by three, shall we say, "rather unusual" old women, Meg and Charles Wallace, accompanied by Meg's new friend Calvin O'Keefe, embark on a dangerous quest through time and space to find their father.
About the Author
Best known as a writer of children's books, Madeleine L' Engle is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, adult fiction, memoirs, biblical commentary, and essays. L'Engle spent the first 12 years of her life in Manhattan and then moved to Europe with her parents. She returned to the United States to attend Smith College in Massachusetts. After she graduated, she returned to New York City to begin her career as a writer and actress. At 85, L'Engle continues to work: She is writer-in-residence and a volunteer librarian for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. She divides her time between New York City and her country home in Connecticut.
Here are some questions the book club discussion leader can use to get participants talking about the novel.
If your book club enjoys this book, invite them to spend more time with it using activities described in the previous issue of The Page Turner:
Try the snacks Meg and Charles Wallace are eating the night of the storm: warm cocoa, milk, and bread-and-jam sandwiches. If your group is adventuresome, add liverwurst and cream cheese!