Madeleine L'Engle

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Madeleine L’Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L’Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts.  Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L’Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.
 
Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L’Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.
 
Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L’Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.


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A Wrinkle In Time 50th Anniversary Book Trailer

A Wrinkle In Time 50th Anniversary Book Trailer

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Charlotte Jones Voiklis Introduction

An introduction by Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter, Charlotte Jones Voiklis, followed by a slide show of A Wrinkle in Time jackets, photographs of Madeleine L'Engle, and readings by the author.

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L'Engle; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Watch this video trailer for the graphic novel adaptation of the classic book by Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time.

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Trailer

It's time for a new generation to share the adventure. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of A Wrinkle in Time in 2012!

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A Wrinkle in Time Anniversary Event Recap

February 11, 2012 Symphony Space New York City

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Betsy Bird Introduction

A welcome to the A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Celebration from Betsy Bird of the New York Public Library, followed by A Wrinkle in Time book trailer. (2:37)

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Author Panel

A book discussion featuring Lois Lowry, author of The Giver; Katherine Paterson, author of A Bridge to Terabithia; Rebecca Stead, author of When You Reach Me; and R. L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series. Moderated by librarian Betsy Bird. (35:45)

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Interviews with event attendees

Interviews with members of the L'Engle family, participants in the author panel, and other event attendees. (8:53)

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Leonard Marcus Closing Remarks

Closing remarks provided by children's book historian and author, Leonard Marcus, followed by a slide show featuring images related to A Wrinkle in Time's Newbery Medal and a reading from the book by Madeleine L'Engle. (7:20)

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: A Student Performance

A scene performance by students from the Brunswick School and Greenwich Academy of Greenwich, CT. (11:06)

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A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Event: Jane Curtin Reading

A reading of A Wrinkle in Time by Emmy award-winning actress Jane Curtin (of the television shows Saturday Night Live and 3rd Rock from the Sun). 10:24

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (50th Anniversary Edition)

Become a fan of A WRINKLE IN TIME! https://www.facebook.com/wrinkleintime Fifty years ago, Madeleine L'Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe. When the children learn that Mr. Murry has been captured by the Dark Thing, they time travel to Camazotz, where they must face the leader IT in the ultimate battle between good and evil—a journey that threatens their lives and our universe. A Newb

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The Joys of Love by Madeleine L'Engle--audio excerpt

Listen to an audiobook excerpt of the young adult novel The Joys of Love by Madeleine L'Engle, read by actress Maggi-Meg Reed--a moving, romantic coming-of-age story. Learn more about the YA book The Joys of Love at http://us.macmillan.com/thejoysoflove/MadeleineLEngle Read more about Newbery Medal-winning author Madeleine L'Engle at http://us.macmillan.com/author/madeleinelengle Learn more about audiobook narrator Maggi-Meg Reed at http://us.macmillan.com/author/maggimegreed

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Over fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry,...


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The Wrinkle in Time Trilogy

Madeleine L'Engle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and...


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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Slipcased Collector's Edition)

Madeleine L'Engle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

After Meg and Charles Wallace Murry and Calvin O'Keefe defeated evil and saved the universe in the Newbery Medal-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time, their...


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A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and...


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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson
Margaret Ferguson Books

The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs--Who, Whatsit, and Which--the memorable and wonderful characters who...


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The Joys of Love

Madeleine L'Engle; Introduction by Léna Roy
Square Fish

During the summer of 1946, twenty-year-old Elizabeth is doing what she has dreamed of since she was a little girl: working in the theatre. Elizabeth is...


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Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?, Enhanced Edition

Madeleine L'Engle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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A House Like a Lotus

Madeleine L’Engle
Square Fish

The conclusion to the Polly O’Keefe stories that began with The Arm of the Starfish and Dragons in the Waters finds Polly taking an unforgettable trip to...


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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

Madeleine L'Engle
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fifty years ago, Madeleine L’Engle introduced the world to A Wrinkle in Time and the wonderful and unforgettable characters Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, and...


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Dragons in the Waters

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

The follow-up to The Arm of the Starfish has Simon and the O’Keefes trying to find a stolen painting and a murderer, all while trapped aboard a ship....


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The Arm of the Starfish

Madeleine L’Engle
Square Fish

Characters from Madeleine L’Engle’s Time Quintet and Austin Family Chronicles cross paths in this story that explore the timeless themes of love, chance, and...


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And Both Were Young

Madeleine L'Engle, with an introduction by Léna Roy
Square Fish

Philippa is miserable at an all girls’ boarding school in Switzerland . . . until she meets the mysterious Paul.


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The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas

By Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Jill Weber
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Vicky Austin’s family does one special thing each day of December to prepare for Christmas. This year, they’re also preparing for the birth of a new brother or...


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Camilla

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

How can Camilla learn to be an adult when her parents are acting like children?


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Meet the Austins
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Macmillan Young Listeners

Vicky Austin and her siblings must adjust to the presence of a new member of the household-Maggie Hamilton, who is orphaned when her father is killed in a...


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A Ring of Endless Light
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

After a tumultuous year in New York City, the Austins are spending the summer on the small island where their grandfather lives. He’s very sick, and watching...


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Troubling a Star
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

The Austins have settled back into their beloved home in the country after more than a year away. Though they had all missed the predictability and security of...


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The Young Unicorns
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

The Austins are trying to settle into their new life in New York City, but their once close-knit family is pulling away from each other. Their father spends...


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The Moon by Night
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

As if simply being fourteen-years-old weren’t bad enough—what with the usual teenage angst and uncertainty, Vicky Austin’s always comforting and reliable home...


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Meet the Austins
Austin Family
Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

For a family with four kids, two dogs, assorted cats, and a constant stream of family and friends dropping by, life in the Austin family home has always been...


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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet - Digest Size Boxed Set

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

The highly-anticipated, repackaged Wrinkle in Time Quintet box set is simply a must-have for every child’s library of timeless classic middle-grade series. ...


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An Acceptable Time

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

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...


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Many Waters

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

Sandy and Dennys have always been the normal, run-of-the-mill ones in the extraodinary Murry family. They garden, make an occasional A in school, and play...


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A Swiftly Tilting Planet

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

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...


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A Wind in the Door

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go...


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A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish

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...


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