A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle

Hi! Do you like fantasy/mystery books combined? Well, that’s what this book is. It’s a mystery because you can never figure out if one thing is the other or if the other is another thing. And it’s a fantasy because there’s darkness that swallows up the earth and people’s minds start to mix up with another giant brain. And when I say giant brain, I mean as big as a house, just a brain.

It all starts when a stranger comes knocking at the door of the main character, Meg, and her little brother, Charles Wallace. The stranger says that her name is Mrs. Whatsit. She asks Meg’s mom, Mrs. Murry, to please take her boots off for her. And then, she leaves.

The next day, Charles Wallace says that he knows Mrs. Whatsit and her three friends. He takes Meg over to Mrs. Whatsit’s house. Along the way to her house, they meet a boy. His name is Calvin O’Keefe. Calvin wants to come with them. They arrive at Mrs. Whatsit’s house and go inside. But they see not Mrs. Whatsit, but one of her two friends. Her name is Mrs. Who. Then, they see a person that is dressed like a witch. She is the other of the two friends. Her name is Mrs. Which. Charles Wallace says they might be going to get their father back. (Their father went on a mission and never returned. But everyone still believes he’s alive.)

Charles Wallace is right! Mrs. Which takes them through other planets. They have many adventures along the way. While they’re on one of the planets, Mrs. Which tells them that there’s a darkness that’s covering the earth and Meg’s father (Mr. Murry) is trying to stop the darkness. Will they be able to find Mr. Murry and stop the darkness? Or will darkness cover the earth and suck up everyone, including Mr. Murry? Or will Mr. Murry be found and the darkness still suck up everyone? Or will Mr. Murry not be found but they stop the darkness? As I always say, read the book to find out!

I recommend this book to readers who like an adventure, mystery, and scariness. If you like one, two, or all three, I recommend this book to you. If not, don’t read this book.

A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:

“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor): There is a lot of scary parts in this book. If you don’t like scariness, I warn you – this book is very scary!

“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor): There is no yucky-lovey stuff in this book.


I give this book 5 wands.
It was very interesting. And it was interesting in a way that it needed to be. I haven’t read a book with the perfect kind of interesting in a long time.

P.S. A Wrinkle in Time was originally called Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which.

P.P.S. A Wrinkle in Time won a Newbery Award.