Monday, February 20, 2012

A Wrinkle in Time Turns 50!

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Madeleine Le'Engle's science fiction classic A Wrinkle in Time. I vividly recall reading this magical and engrossing tale. And I wasn't the only one who found it so enthralling: A Wrinkle in Time won a Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and was runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.

Yet, even with all it's gifts, A Wrinkle in Time almost didn't get published. The publishers felt it would be too difficult for children to read and they didn't like how Le'Engle dealt overtly with the problem of evil. L'Engle felt that they also didn't like a female protagonist as that just wasn't done in science fiction at the time of writing.

After trying over twenty-five publishers, L'Engle's agent returned the manuscript to her. Then at Christmas, L'Engle threw a tea party for her mother. One of the guests happened to know John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and insisted that L'Engle should meet with him. Although the publisher did not at the time publish a line of children's books, Farrar met L'Engle, liked the novel and ultimately published it.

And we're so glad that he did! Did you remember reading this book as a child? What did you think? Would you recommend it your child to read?

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