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A Wrinkle in Time
Submitted by Children on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 16:33
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
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".
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book.
- Imagine living in a community that mistrusts and resents you. What is it like for the Murrys to live in a community that doesn't understand them?
- In your opinion, why do the three children accept the three Mrs. Ws rather than fear them?
- Does the story seem believable or possible to you? In your group, discuss which elements from the story seem real, which seem possible, and which seem impossible.
- The people on the planet Camazotz have no crime, no responsibility, and no decisions to make. What is so wrong with their society?
- What are Meg's faults? How do they help her in the end?
- After Meg releases her father, why is she so disappointed in him?
- Why must Meg go alone to Camazotz? How is her relationship with Charles
- Wallace important to her ability to free him?
- Do you believe IT is finally defeated at the end of the book? Why or why not?
- If you had the opportunity to time travel, would you? If you could chose the time, what time period would you travel to? The past? The future?
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