I seem to have dropped the ball with this month's book recommendation! I did it, posted it to my Instagram (@lindseysfrantz), and then forgot to post it here or on my Facebook! It may be a tad late, but it's here! March's book recommendation is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle!
I thought this was an appropriate choice for March for two reasons. The first is I just finished re-reading it so it was fresh on my mind! The second is because of the movie (which dropped last weekend and which I cannot wait to see)!
A Wrinkle in Time is such a gorgeous book. The science fantasy premise is a wonderful blending of time and space bending with magical creatures and characters. When people ask me what my favorite genre is, I always say young adult (YA), but I never know whether to specify fantasy or science fiction, because I love them so much. This book (and others, like The Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey) blend the two in the best way. The overarching theme of good overcoming evil is heartwarming, and the prose itself is, obviously, stellar.
I read this book as a child, and when I re-read it, I fell in love with it all over again. In my opinion, this book is appropriate for tweens and up! It’s complex enough for an adult to enjoy while being extremely engaging for young adults, as well. The YA genre is so very popular because of how accessible and enjoyable it is for such a huge array of ages. A Wrinkle in Time is unique in this genre because it appeals to an even larger demographic (tweens, rather than just teens and up).
"It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal. It is the first book in The Time Quintet, which consists of A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time.
A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be a movie from Disney, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling."
source: Macmillan Publishers