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L'Engle, M. (1962). A wrinkle in time. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
Meg, Charles Wallace and their mother are riding out a hurricane in their cozy, safe home when Mrs. Whatsit appears. We soon find out that Meg's mom and dad are scientists and something has gone awry. We meet Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Calvin in subsequent chapters.
Meg's dad is missing. He has time travelled and it is up to Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin to "tesseract" to save him.
Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which tell the kids it is time and they must go on this journey together to find their dad. They all go through many phases of this time travel to get used to it.
The three kids must go to Camazotz alone to find the place where their dad is. He is in a trance-like state due to fighting off IT. The kids must confront IT to try to save their dad.
They have gotten their dad, but Charles Wallace is now taken over by IT and he was left behind.
Meg must return to save her brother. She learns that she has something IT doesn't have and IT can't fight it. She has love... with love, she saves her brother and they all return safely home.
1) The use of unexpected insights occurs many times in this book. The big one is the love that Meg finds she has from everyone. I especially like her relationship with Aunt Beast, who doesn't see but feels way more than anyone can see.
2) There is also great use of imagery throughout the story especially on Camazotz.