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# 2 A Wrinkle in Time

30 May

Meg Murry is different.  Not only has her father been, more or less, missing for years, but she has a younger brother who the public think is mentally and socially challenged.  Meg has faith, as does her mother, that her father will return with the scientific discoveries he set out to find.  She also knows Charles Wallace’s true nature, which is that of a child genius.  So when he invites Meg along on an adventure to find their father, she cannot help but join, with the company of her classmate Calvin.  The three find themselves on a new planet, amongst people programmed to be one-and-the-same person.  They take on evil like they never thought they would and learn so much about the world, science, and themselves in the process.

Upon examination of the top ten books on our top 100 list, I was surprised to find out that half of them are classified as fantasy, science fiction or dystopian.  As a refresher, here are the five I am talking about:

A Wrinkle in Time

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Giver

The Phantom Tollbooth

If given a choice, I will always go for contemporary or classic realistic fiction reads, but that does not seem to be the truth for Betsy Bird‘s pollsters.  I am excited to find out that people prefer a good mix of both contemporary and fantasy/sci-fi.  In the reading lives of children, it is critical that they understand that not everyone sees the world the same way, that they must use their imagination to think critically about the world around them, and sometimes that involves characters such as Aslan and Professor Dumbledore.

A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle

Originally published in 1961

 

 
 

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