A Wrinkle in Time

   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.

Discussion Questions

  1. 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?
  2. In your opinion, why do the three children accept the three Mrs. Ws rather than fear them?
  3. 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.
  4. The people on the planet Camazotz have no crime, no responsibility, and no decisions to make. What is so wrong with their society?
  5. What are Meg's faults? How do they help her in the end?
  6. After Meg releases her father, why is she so disappointed in him?
  7. Why must Meg go alone to Camazotz? How is her relationship with Charles
  8. Wallace important to her ability to free him?
  9. Do you believe IT is finally defeated at the end of the book? Why or why not?
  10. 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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