A Wrinkle in Time

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 be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

A Wrinkle in Time, the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and continues to thrive. It holds the ranking by many critics as one of the most frequently banned novels of all time. The novel, which has been adapted by hundreds of schools as a stage production, will be released as a Disney major motion picture in 2018.

Other Books in the Series

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is the first book in L’Engle’s The Time Quintet, which also includes:

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“This imaginative book will be read for a long time into the future.” ―Children’s Literature

“Published in 1962, it is—depending on how you look at it—science fiction, a warm tale of family life, a response to the Cold War, a book about a search for a father, a feminist tract, a religious fable, a coming-of-age novel, a work of Satanism, or a prescient meditation on the future of the United States after the Kennedy assassination.”  —Cynthia Zarin, New Yorker, 2004

“‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ the first in a trilogy that was later extended to include two more books, also defied the norm. Though a major crossover success with boys as well (with more than 10 million copies sold to date), the book has especially won over young girls. And it usually reaches them at a particularly pivotal moment of pre-adolescence when they are actively seeking to define themselves, their ambitions and place in the world.” —Pamela Paul, The New York Times, 2012

“It’s about a little girl named Meg and she’s very bad at school. She has a brother named Charles Wallace. They go on an adventure that takes place between planets and time. I like the book because it’s science fiction. It shows cool stuff that you can’t make in real life. I like monsters and making things up.” —Charlie, a child on the NYC subway, 2017

“I consider this story one of the best stories I’ve read and I’ve read a lot of stories so it must be a really really really extremely awesomely good book because it’s one of my favourites.” —Anonymous teen review by user NickyPicky, The Guardian, 2015

“This is the worst book I’ve ever read. It reminded me of The Wizard of Oz.” —Anonymous review, 1961


‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and Its Sci-Fi Heroine
Pamela Paul, Jan. 27, 2012 / The New York Times

Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Andrew Liptak, Sept. 25, 2014 / Kirkus Reviews blog post

The Unlikely Best-Seller: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Turns 50
Robert Siegel, Mar. 5, 2012 / NPR

12 Fantastic Facts About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Ali Parr, July 18, 2017 / Mental Floss

The Storyteller
Cynthia Zarin, Apr. 12, 2004 / The New Yorker

Chelsea Clinton is Right: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is Amazing
David Ferguson, July 31, 2016 / The Guardian

Our Reading Lives: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’
Elizabeth Bastos, Feb. 29, 2012 / BookRiot

Foreign Editions

  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese complex
  • Chinese simplified
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Farsi/Iran
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Lithuanian
  • Norwegian
  • Poland
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russia
  • Slovak
  • Spanish
  • Turkish


Movie adaptations:

  • COMING SOON: A major motion picture in 2018 by Walt Disney Pictures, dir. Ava DuVernay
  • Television movie, 2003, dir. John Kent Harrison

Stage adaptations:

  • A Wrinkle in Time has been adapted by a number of professional playwrights. Four of their scripts are available through Stage Partners.
  • Stage adaptations have been performed at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, Lifeline Theatre in Chicago, IL, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR.


Official Disney Movie Trailer

Macmillan 50th Anniversary Trailer

Macmillan Graphic Novel Trailer

Other Resources

Wrinkle in Time Teacher Resources
Stage Partners