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Dec 6 2013 4:30pm

We want to help you out with your holiday gift list by sending you a bundle of great books from MacKids, including Madeleine L'Engle's The Twenty Four-Days Before Christmas, Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgewick, Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel, and The Elf on the Shelf parody The Dwarf in the Drawer (complete with plush toy!).

One winner will receive all of these books in time for Christmas, so comment on the post to enter!

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Nov 29 2013 10:00am

Today marks the birthday of an author who forever changed the way we feel about time travel, alternate dimensions, and dark and stormy nights. Madeleine L’Engle was born on November 29th in New York City and started writing almost right away. Her first story was composed at age 8, and she went on to pen a universe of novels, poems, and non-fiction throughout her amazing and inspirational career.

L’Engle is probably best remembered by science fiction fans and children throughout the world for A Wrinkle in Time and its many sequels in both the Kairos and Chronos series. These books set an impossibly imaginative standard for children’s fantasy adventure books. In A Wrinkle in Time, L’Engle appropriated the opening line “It was a dark and stormy night” from an 1830 novel Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. But truly, in the same way Sherlock Holmes hijacked “the game’s afoot!” from Shakespeare, “a dark and stormy night” now completely belongs to A Wrinkle in Time. Whether you’re a little kid or a grown-up cynical reader, that opening line tells you one thing: get ready!

Madeline L’Engle was a deeply spiritual writer who effortlessly blended her faith with her science fiction. Perhaps her greatest gift to us was the mainstreaming of The Tesseract, or more simply: the wrinkle in time. When Mrs. Who explains the concept to Meg, the latter gets very excited about her newfound comprehension of this awesome spacetime warp: “I got it!” Meg says. “For just a moment I got it! I can’t possibly explain it now, but there for a second, I saw it!” This is how readers of Madeline L’Engle will always feel. We glimpse these beautiful adventures in our mind’s eye, but to fully explain their brilliance is almost impossible.


This post originally ran on November 29, 2012

Sep 27 2013 10:00am
Original Comic

In honor of Banned Books Week, we're rerunning Faith Erin Hicks’ loving comic tribute to A Wrinkle in Time, detailing her favorite part of the book. It is honestly the most adorable thing we’ve seen in a long time.

Faith Erin Hicks is the author and illustrator of a number of webcomics, including Demonology 101 and Zombies Calling. Her comic Friends With Boys is available as a graphic novel from First Second.

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Oct 2 2012 4:00pm

A review of A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope LarsonI’ve always enjoyed seeing my favorite novels (or even pieces of them) portrayed in a visual medium. Normally that would be in movies or on television, but cover art, fan art, and other portrayals are also great for experiencing other people’s conception of the characters and places in the stories you love. I find it interesting to see how other people imagine things differently than I do, especially on the occasions when I am surprised by something that I actually like better than the way I imagined it. And while I knew I would probably not adopt Hope Larson’s depictions of Charles Wallace, Calvin, and Meg as my own, I couldn’t wait to see what she had done with one of my favorite books from childhood in A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel.

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Sep 17 2012 3:30pm

It's been getting some great buzz and our excerpt looked lovely, and we know you've been dying to get your hands on it — so here they are! Five copies of the Wrinkle in Time graphic novel! Don't miss out on your chance to win by commenting below!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, comment on this post beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) September 17, 2012. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 p.m. ET September 21, 2012. Void outside of the 50 US and DC and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Sep 12 2012 2:00pm
Madeleine L'Engle and Hope Larson

A free excerpt from A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, adapted by Hope LarsonThe world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O'Keefe, and the three Mrs—Who, Whatsit, and Which—the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery award-winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated.

Now, Hope Larson (Mercury, I Was There & Just Returned) takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast.

The graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time comes out on October 2nd from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

[Take a peek at the graphic novel of A Wrinkle in Time]

Apr 5 2012 4:00pm

Cover image for The Joys Of LoveIn 2008, after the death of Madeleine L’Engle, her granddaughters agreed to publish The Joys of Love, an early novel that had been rejected by several publishers. For whatever reason, L’Engle never made use of her status as a published author to print it later in her life. It’s a pity. The Joys of Love, written in the late 1940s, may not rank among L’Engle’s best, or offer the profound statements of her later books, but it is a happy, light and enjoyable read.

[Infighting and love in the summer theatre.]

Mar 29 2012 4:30pm

A Winter’s Love, a serious study of marriage, love and family, is one of Madeleine L’Engle’s early adult novels, published in 1957 before she began writing any of the young adult novels that would make her famous. A commentator on an earlier post had suggested I include it in this reread, and I couldn’t think why not. Now that I’ve read it, I can answer that: it’s kinda depressing. But interesting, and definitely worth a look for L’Engle fans. Just keep some chocolate on hand.

[Infidelity, anti-Semitism, tuberculosis, gossip, and glorious romantic walks in the Alps.]

Mar 22 2012 4:00pm

Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’EngleIn 1994, Madeleine L’Engle turned to Vicky Austin again to write the last book in her Austin series, Troubling a Star. The last in the Austin series, it is an odd coda, featuring a Vicky somehow younger and more naïve than in her last appearance, involved in an international adventure of espionage that threatens the most remote continent on Earth – Antarctica. And although it is ostensibly a sequel to A Ring of Endless Light, it is also a sequel to A Swiftly Tilting Planet, which creates many of its problems.

[Major spoilers for this book, A Ring of Endless Light, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.]

Mar 8 2012 4:00pm

An Acceptable Time joins two of L’Engle’s young adult series together, as Polly O’Keefe from the O’Keefe novels travels to Connecticut and the house where Meg, Calvin, Charles Wallace, Sandy and Dennys began their adventures through time and space. Something must be up with that house, for beyond all of the other weird things that have happened nearby, shortly after Polly arrives she finds herself stepping through 3000 years of time.

Unfortunately, she also brings Zachary Grey along with her.

[When time travelling creates linguistic issues.]

Mar 1 2012 11:00am

After years of relegating them to mere supporting characters, L’Engle finally gave Sandy and Dennys, the Murry twins their own adventure in Many Waters. The book turned out, however, to be quite different than any of the other works in the Murry/O’Keefe books. If L’Engle pushed the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy before, here she tried something else entirely: Biblical fantasy, if you like, complete with unicorns. Drawing from her own earlier work with time travel and a few verses from Genesis, it tries to retell the story of Noah and the flood. I say tries, because to be honest, I really don’t think it works at all.

The odd thing is that I think it might work just fine if Sandy and Dennys weren’t in it.

[I’m assuming everyone knows what happened with Noah and the flood, right? But some spoilers for the story of Sandy and Dennys.]

Feb 23 2012 3:00pm

Before I go on to discuss this week’s book, A House Like a Lotus, a quick point about the Madeleine L’Engle reread in regards to racism, homophobia and other issues.

If I have seemed harsh on L’Engle on these matters — and I may well have been — it’s because I am talking about Madeleine L’Engle, a writer who in her earlier books was arguing for inclusivity, tolerance and the careful use of language to describe minority groups, and an author who, as others have mentioned, was renowned for expanding the horizons of young readers. I am not particularly surprised when an Edith Nesbit, who was completely unconcerned with racial equality, drops a stereotypical image or uses the n-word in her books.

[Expectations of L’Engle, and A House Like a Lotus reread.]

Feb 16 2012 1:00pm

A Severed Wasp by Madeleine L’Engle

“I don’t wish to be defined by gender or genitals. I am a pianist.”

— Katherine Vigneras

Having written novels focused on the emotional angst of young and middle aged adults, in the 1980s Madeleine L’Engle set off to write something a little different: A Severed Wasp, the novel of an elderly woman coming to terms with her life. Set mostly in New York City, but with multiple flashbacks to Europe, the novel also functions as a little mini reunion of L’Engle characters, featuring Suzy Austin from the Austin novels; Dave Davidson from The Young Unicorns, and Mimi Oppenheimer from A Winter’s Love. (Philippa Hunter from And Both Were Young also gets a mention.) It is a novel of human pain, and our reactions to it, and how we might be able to survive.

And, despite its focus on a Manhattan cathedral, it does not quite provide the answer you might expect from L’Engle.

[Nazis, castration, and gay sex in Manhattan. This is what happens when you marry someone working in soap operas, guys. Very spoilery post]

Feb 13 2012 6:00pm
Original Comic

A loving tribute during A Wrinkle in Time’s 50th anniversary, Faith Erin Hicks has presented us with a comic detailing her favorite part of the book. It is honestly the most adorable thing we’ve seen in a long time.

Faith Erin Hicks is the author and illustrator of a number of webcomics, including Demonology 101 and Zombies Calling. Her comic Friends With Boys is now available as a graphic novel from First Second.

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Feb 13 2012 3:30pm

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’EngleIf I said A Wrinkle in Time was the first book my mother read to me out loud, I would be a lying. There would have been the Maurice Sendaks, the Dr. Seusses, the early Chris Van Alsburgs, not to mention the awfully written Transformers and Masters of the Universe “storybooks.” But none of experiences are even as remotely memorable as when mom read A Wrinkle in Time to me over the course of several weeks. It’s the first book I truly remember having read to me. And through the power of a tesseract, I remember it being all happening in one darky, stormy night.

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Feb 13 2012 2:30pm

For the 50th anniversary of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (excerpt over here!), we have  very special sweepstakes: first, we have four copies of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Edition of A Wrinkle in Time. This gorgeous hardcover copy contains an updated version of the original cover on the book jacket, with the original cover underneath on the hardcover itself. In addition to the book, you’ll receive a Wrinkle in Time tote bag, like the ones we gave away here! Enter below in the comments and you might win!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, fill out entry on this post beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) February 13, 2012. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 p.m. ET February 16, 2012. Void outside of the 50 US and DC and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Feb 13 2012 10:00am
Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time 50th anniversaryToday marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Madeleine L’Engle’s seminal work A Wrinkle in Time and in honor of that, is presenting an excerpt from the classic novel.

Take a moment to relive the anticipatory wonder of this iconic story, a tale of an ingenious young woman who will break through to other worlds to rescue the ones she loves.

The special 50th anniversary edition of A Wrinkle in Time, out now from Square Fish, 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.

When you’re done with the excerpt check out the Madeleine L’Engle Reread on, covering a number of L’Engle novels and reflecting on a number of themes, particularly physics and Christian theology, that fascinated L’Engle for her entire life.

[Read A Wrinkle in Time]

Feb 9 2012 3:00pm

A Ring of Endless Light, the fourth novel in Madeleine L’Engle’s Austin famly series, opens, appropriately enough, with a funeral. I say appropriately, because this is a novel of death, and our responses to it. And also, telepathic dolphins. It is one of her best books.

[And also, one of her best romances. Spoilers for the end.]

Feb 2 2012 4:30pm

Perhaps dissatisfied with the novels she had written about the children of Meg and Calvin O’Keefe, in 1978 L’Engle again turned to the Murry family for another novel featuring dazzling trips through time and space, this time on the back of a unicorn. A Swiftly Tilting Planet is simultaneously one of L’Engle’s most beautiful and poetic novels, filled with joy and despair, and also one of her most frustrating, a book that both celebrates her earlier books while completely contradicting some of their most important and fiercely argued ethical points. I find myself dazzled and irritated.

[Warning: one of my longer and more ranty posts ahead, with major spoilers for the entire book.]

Jan 26 2012 3:00pm

Dragons in the Waters, the second book in the O’Keefe family series, is, like its predecessor, a tale of suspense, intrigue and murder mingled with a touch of fantasy and science fiction, as Poly and Charles O’Keefe meet the 13-year-old Simon Renier on a freighter trip down to Venezuela and a lake there, named for dragons. Poly and Charles are travelling with their father who plans to examine potential environmental issues with drilling oil in the lake. Simon is travelling with Forsyth Phair, a considerably older cousin he has known for precisely one month, because his elderly aunt Leonis believes that Simon needs some culture and exposure to the world beyond their little North Carolina house. Forsyth is returning a portrait of Simon Bolivar to the Venezuelan government, in the first and last kindly thing he will do in the entire novel.

[When murder becomes an almost forgotten sideplot.  Also, no dragons.]