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A Wrinkle in Time: Websites

Author Resources

The Unlikely Best-Seller: 'A Wrinkle In Time' Turns 50 NPR, March 5, 2012

 Madeline L'Engle's 'A Wrinkle in Time' will finally be a movie  LA Times August 6, 2014 

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Its Sci-Fi Heroine NY Times January 27. 2012

Physics, Miracles, and Witchcraft: 50 Years of "A Wrinkle in Time"  Big Think January 27, 2012 

 A WRINKLE IN THE HEART: THOUGHTS ON A WRINKLE IN TIME  Author Blog Catherynne M. Valente, July 15, 2011

A Conversation With Madeleine L'Engle Mars Hill Review 4 · Winter/Spring 1996 

Study Guide for A Wrinkle in Time .pdf from Glencoe Literature Library 


About the Author

Database Articles

"L'Engle, Madeleine (1918-), An Introduction to." Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Dedria Bryfonski. Vol. 12. Detroit: Gale Research, 1980.Contemporary Literary Criticism Online. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.

Parker, Marygail G. "Madeleine L'Engle (29 November 1918-)." American Writers for Children Since 1960: Fiction. Ed. Glenn E. Estes. Vol. 52. Detroit: Gale Research, 1986. 241-249. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 52.Dictionary of Literary Biography Main Series. Web. 28 Oct. 2014.


Meg and her brilliant but eccentric younger brother, Charles Wallace, share adventures as they travel through time and space to rescue their father, a scientist. Their father had been doing research on “tessering,” a form of space and time travel, when he disappeared. With the help of three beings who call themselves Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which, and a new friend, Calvin O’Keefe, they “tesser” to the planet of Camazotz. There the children’s father is imprisoned behind the Black Thing, an evil force in the universe. The Black Thing is helped by the power of IT, a disembodied brain that controls all the people of Camazotz.

On Camazotz, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin fight against the power of IT. Charles Wallace voluntarily succumbs to IT to get information, while Meg works to free her father. Meg succeeds. Her father then tessers Meg and Calvin off the planet. Unfortunately, Charles Wallace is left behind. After this narrow escape from the cold power of IT, Meg faces the enormous physical and moral challenge of returning to Camazotz to save Charles Wallace. Because of her love for her brother, she goes, and by expressing this love, she is able to free him.

Through Meg’s voice, author Madeleine L’Engle weaves a powerful narrative. L’Engle combines the realism of Meg’s emotional journey with the fantastic world of tessering, IT, and the Black Thing.


Explore Space

  • Solar System Simulator — Visitors to this site will feel like they are in space because of their ability to view various planets and their satellites from different locations in the solar system. The images of Earth as seen from other planets are awe-inspiring and recreate the feelings that Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace must have had when they viewed Earth from Uriel.
  • The Nine Planets — A fascinating tour of the solar system is supported by comprehensive, interesting, and detailed facts.
  • The Milky Way — This site includes vivid images and description of the Milky Way and additional explanation of relevant terms such as galaxy, clusters, andnebulae.

Learn Facts about Space Exploration and Travel

  • NASA Kids' Club — Visitors can access many fun and informative sites about various aspects of space from this index page. The contents of these pages are specifically geared towards kids.
  • NASA — Visitors can access many informative sites about various aspects of space from this index page. Including pages geared towards Educators, andStudents.
  • Starchild Space Travel — This site is listed on the NASA Sites index but worth mentioning for its own merits. Facts about the history of space travel, Apollo 11, Space Station Mir, and shuttle missions are given in a couple of formats, each designed to appeal to a different age group.
  • Windows to the Universe: Kids' Space — Kids' Space is a valuable resource for students investigating anything to do with space or space travel. Commonly asked questions, ranging from the astronauts' living arrangements to the age of stars, are answered, and by posing questions, visitors can search the archives for additional facts. Other options including tours of the Space Art Museum and science-related activities are offered to the visitor as well.
  • Searching for Life in Other Solar Systems (pdf) — This scholarly article offers some interesting facts about the way scientists look for life on other planets and how better telescopes are the key to locating evidence of this life.

Find Out about Mathematical Principles

  • The Tesseract — This site explains the concept of the tesseract discussed in A Wrinkle in Time.

Investigate the Lives of Great Men and Women

  • Biography — Information and brief biographical sketches describing the lives and works of great scientists, philosophers, economists, historians, and writers are given on this site with more in-depth looks at a selected few.
  • Leonardo da Vinci — The Boston Museum of Science sponsors this site, which explores many facets of Leonardo da Vinci's work as both inventor and artist.

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Discussion Questions

  1. A Wrinkle In Time is very much a novel about good vs. evil. Who in the book represents good? Who represents evil?
  2. How does Meg feel about her father and his work?
  3. Imagine living in a community that mistrusts and resents you. What is it like for the Murrys to live in a community that doesn't understand them?
  4. How is Charles Wallace like Meg? How is he different?
  5. How would you describe tesseracting? Would you want to do it?
  6. What are Meg's faults? How do they help her in the end?
  7. Meg experiences various types of love throughout her adventure. How does her understanding of love develop over the course of the novel?
  8. Who is the most courageous character?
  9. Would you define this story as fantasy or science fiction? What are the differences between these two genres?
  10. If you had the opportunity to time travel, would you? If you could chose the time, what time period would you travel to? The past? The future?
  11. Would you recommend this book to others?


An Interview with Madeleine L'Engle