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Author: Madeleine L'Engle
Key Words: Fiction, Teens, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Newbery Medal Winner

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Book Description:

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.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 1 Incident

A boy tells a girl she has “dream-boat eyes.” “Listen, you go right on wearing your glasses. I don’t think I want anybody else to see what gorgeous eyes you have.”

Making Out/Sex - 6 Incidents

There is a town rumor that a girl father’s ran off with another woman (false and mentioned a few times throughout the book).

A boy hugs a girl but she breaks away from him.

A little boy kisses an old lady.

Three children kiss an old lady.

A boy and a girl kiss.

Mentions a nurse who was seduced and betrayed by a soldier.

Miscellaneous - 4 Incidents

“The age or sex was impossible to tell.”

A high school boy and girl hold hands often throughout the book. More in a protective way then sensual. Example:

“Breast pocket”

A girl wakes up to find she’s been stripped of her clothes (alien beings are trying to heal her).

Violence - None


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 2 Incidents

h*ll (place), a*ss (donkey)

Religious Profanities - 3 Incidents

Heaven's sake, Heaven knows

Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents

This is an allegory of good vs evil and depicts internal struggles using sci-fi/fantasy. Mentions of ghosts, aliens, spirits, angelic beings, witches, centaurs, a crystal ball and a medium, hypnotizing (more like brain-washing), mixing of spiritual with fabrication, etc. throughout the entire book.

There is scripture quoted throughout the story that the author uses to fit into her science fiction/fantasy allegory. Some could find in poor taste. Example: Quotes the scripture “and the light shineth in the darkness” and explains that Jesus, as well as da Vinci, Shakespeare etc., were all this light.

The children visit a medium and look through her crystal ball.

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