A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet (Volume 1)

Madeleine L'Engle

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time is an iconic novel that continues to inspire millions of fans around the world. This special edition has been redesigned and includes an introduction by Katherine Paterson, an afterword by Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis that includes photographs and memorabilia, the author’s Newbery Medal acceptance speech, and other bonus materials.


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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Edition
1MRS WHATSITIT WAS A DARK AND STORMY NIGHT.In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. Behind the trees clouds scudded frantically across the sky. Every few moments the moon ripped through them, creating wraithlike shadows that raced along the ground.The house shook.Wrapped in her quilt, Meg shook.She wasn't usually afraid of weather.--It's not just the weather, she thought.--It's the weather on top of everything else. On top of



  • A Wrinkle in Time 50th Anniversary Edition Trailer

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • A Wrinkle in Time Anniversary Event Recap

    February 11, 2012 Symphony Space New York City



Praise for A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

A Wrinkle in Time is one of my favorite books of all time. I’ve read it so often, I know it by heart. Meg Murry was my hero growing up. I wanted glasses and braces and my parents to stick me in an attic bedroom. And I so wanted to save Charles Wallace from IT.”—Meg Cabot

“A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place.”—Cory Doctorow
“[L’Engle’s] work is one of the things that made me a writer, a science fiction and fantasy fan, an avid reader. Hers were the first books I read that mixed math and magic, the quest and the quantum.”—Scott Westerfeld
A Wrinkle in Time taught me that you can tackle even the deepest and most slippery concepts of physics and philosophy in fiction for young readers. It’s a great lesson for all writers, and a tough tesseract to follow.”—David Lubar

In the Press

'A Wrinkle in Time' and Its Sci-Fi Heroine - NYTimes.com
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time," which opened up the world of science fiction to a generation of girls.
- The New York Times

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  • Madeleine L'Engle

  • 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.
  • Madeleine L'Engle Photo by Sigrid Estrada


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A Wrinkle in Time: 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle

Newbery Medal Winner, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, OR Battle of the Books Master List, Tri-State Reviews Committee Books of Note - Master List
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