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Lit Circles - Primary: A Wrinkle in Time

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A Wrinkle in time by Madeleine L'Engle

“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. - Mrs. Whatsit”


“We can't take any credit for our talents. It's how we use them that counts.” 


Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventureone that will threaten their lives and our universe.

GENRE: Fantasy


  • Good vs Evil
  • Individuality
  • Faith vs Reason
  • Love

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undefinedMadeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, and Many Waters. Her works reflect her strong interest in modern science: tesseracts, for example, are featured prominently in A Wrinkle in Time, mitochondrial DNA in A Wind in the Door, organ regeneration in The Arm of the Starfish, and so forth.

Questions for your circle

  • Is Mr. Murray a good father? Discuss some reasons that he is and is not a good father to his children.
  • Were you overwhelmed by the scientific explanations of tesseracting? Do you think it is really possible to tesseract around the universe? Did the method of travel in the story benefit or hinder your enjoyment of the story as a whole?
  • If you were like Mrs. Who and could only speak in famous phrases or quotes, do you think you'd be able to talk at all?
  • Is Meg a well-rounded, stable teenager?
  • Was the ending satisfying to you?

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