Friday, July 20, 2007

A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L'Engle

I don't remember exactly when I first read A Wrinkle in Time as a child, but I remember that it had quite an impact on me. I'd never read anything quite like it before. The young protagonist, Meg, who seemed so much like me, the fascinating characters, such as Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, and the journey through time and space to battle a terrifying evil, all captured my heart.

So when Square Fish (a Holtzbrinck imprint) emailed me to let me know that they were releasing a new edition of the Time Quintet series, and asked me if I wanted a review copy, I was thrilled to have a chance to revisit a special book from my childhood. I wasn't disappointed. The story itself is just as captivating as I remembered it and the message, about battling the forces that threaten our free choice and individuality, resonates just as much today as it did then, if not more so.

The new edition has lovely new cover art, an introduction by Anna Quindlen, an interview with Madeleine L'Engle, and a copy of L'Engle's Newbery acceptance speech. The interview is short and I wish it had brought out more background information, but it is interesting for what it reveals of L'Engle's personality. The Newbery acceptance speech is fascinating and well worth reading.

If you already have a copy of the Time Quintet books, the new editions probably aren't unique enough to justify a purchase. However, if you're looking to add this classic to your library, or if your own editions are getting tattered and need replacement, check out these new editions. I hope that the new editions will bring a new generation of fans to these books.

Here's an interesting interview with Madeleine L'Engle from Newsweek

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