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Madeleine L'Engle

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 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

Intergalactic P.S. 3

Intergalactic P.S. 3

Written by Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Hope Larson
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Visit the world of A Wrinkle in Time in this new standalone story!

This standalone chapter book gives young readers the perfect entry into the world of Madeleine L’Engle’s...

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Madeleine L'Engle; adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson
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A graphic novel adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, now a major motion picture.

“Know somebody who hasn't met Mrs...

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The Wrinkle in Time Quintet

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe....

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A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
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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....

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The Joys of Love

Madeleine L'Engle; Introduction by Léna Roy
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Moving and romantic, this coming-of-age story was written during the 1940s. As revealed in an introduction by the author's granddaughter Léna Roy, the protagonist Elizabeth is close to an autobiographical...

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Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?

Madeleine L'Engle
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

"Do I Dare Disturb the Universe?" is Madeleine L'Engle's spirited defense of the responsibility of children's literature to confront difficult questions, as she did in all her work, particularly...

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A House Like a Lotus

Madeleine L'Engle
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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 Europe, all by herself.

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Dragons in the Waters

Madeleine L'Engle
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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 Twenty-four Days Before Christmas

Austin Family

By Madeleine L'Engle; illustrated by Jill Weber
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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 sister, due after the New Year. Vicky...

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The Arm of the Starfish

Madeleine L'Engle
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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 destiny.

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And Both Were Young

Madeleine L'Engle, with an introduction by Léna Roy
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Philippa is miserable at an all girls' boarding school in Switzerland . . . until she meets the mysterious Paul.

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Camilla

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

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The Young Unicorns

Austin Family

Madeleine L'Engle
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Book three of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and...

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The Moon by Night

Austin Family

Madeleine L'Engle
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"The Austin family spends the summer on a cross-country camping trip...Vicky, now 'almost 15,' tells the story, and the reader feels a strong personal identification with the thoughts and emotions of this age group through her story." --School Library Journal

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A Ring of Endless Light

Austin Family

Madeleine L'Engle
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"With customary grace and firm control of an intricate plot, L'Engle has created another irresistible novel about familiar characters, the Austin family. Vicky, 16, narrates the climactic events with Grandfather Eaton on a New England island, where he is living his last days." --Publishers Weekly

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Troubling a Star

Austin Family

Madeleine L'Engle
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In book five of the award-winning Austin Family Chronicles young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, a girl experiences the difficulties and joys of growing...

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Meet the Austins

Austin Family

Madeleine L'Engle
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Book one of the Austin Family Chronicles, an award-winning young adult series from Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, about a girl who experiences the difficulties and joys...

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
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Madeleine L'Engle's ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic, soon to be a major motion picture.

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles...

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An Acceptable Time

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
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An Acceptable Time, the final book in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet, the series that began with the Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time. While spending time with her grandparents,...

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A Swiftly Tilting Planet

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
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"Charles Wallace (A Wrinkle in Time), now 15, Meg, and the Murrys reappear in an intricately woven fantasy in which the boy time-spins through a tangle of history to find and mend the broken link that threatens to disturb the harmony of today." --Starred, Booklist

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A Wind in the Door

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
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"The chief characters of...A Wrinkle in Time return in a complex sci-fi/fantasy adventure...Meg and Calvin O'Keefe are enlisted again to fight evil, this time in the shape of the Echthroi, which are spreading through the universe."-Starred, School Library Journal

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Many Waters

A Wrinkle in Time Quintet

Madeleine L'Engle
Square Fish
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The third book in Madeleine L'Engle's spellbinding A Wrinkle in Time Quintet.

"Another provocative spellbinding tale.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

Some things have...

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