30 Days of Books Challenge: Day 13 – Favorite childhood book

Read: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Stars: Five

Drinking: Cozy Chamomile, Bigelow

I feel like some of these are getting redundant – I’ve already shared with all of you some of my favorite books.  I’m always happy to talk more about my love for Madeline L’Engle, however!

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murray, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe as they travel the universe to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father.  With such wonderful characters as Mrs. Whatsit (“Wild nights are my glory!”), how can a girl not love this story?  Calvin O’Keefe was my first literary crush, paving the way for my hardcore love of Ron Weasley a few years later.

I think the main reason I love Wrinkle so much is that as an awkward kid, I identified deeply with Meg’s social awkwardness and inability to connect with her peers.  Part of that, of course, was her unusual, science-focused upbringing.  What truly endeared me, though, was that Meg stayed her awkward, socially inept self even after travelling the universe and getting involved with a “popular” guy.

The other wonderful part of the novel is the way L’Engle seamlessly incorporates the science fiction elements.  A tesseract seems perfectly normal, logical, and doable with the right physics abilities.  The planet on which Mr. Murray is imprisoned is terrifyingly plausible – and at that point you are so caught up in the story that it could be no less.  I’m not certain this was my first sci-fi, but certainly the first that turned me on to the genre in a serious way.

No review of A Wrinkle in Time is complete without some Calvin gushing, of course.  Calvin O’Keefe is 14 or 15 and a junior in high school who is the star of the basketball team.  He is tall and red-haired and smart.  Calvin describes himself as “a sport” (as in biological), and he truly is somehow classy and wonderful despite his horrid family.  One of the great things about Calvin is that he thinks nothing of just dropping his life to go on an intergalactic adventure to rescue and meet his semi-girlfriend’s father.  (Re-reading that sentance, I realize that perhaps more people would drop everything for an inter-galactic adventure…).  Like many of L’Engle’s male romantic leads, his relationship with Meg is unfussy and natural.  It’s the kind of relationship, particularly in the later books involving them, that everyone wishes for and dreams of.

Have you read A Wrinkle in Time? Did Calvin set you up for Weasley-love?

30 Days of Books Challenge

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Author: Lisa Fry

Freelance Writer & Editor. Book lover. Feminist. International development professional

One thought on “30 Days of Books Challenge: Day 13 – Favorite childhood book”

  1. Oh my goodness. Love Madeline L'Engle. It's been so long since I read “A Wrinkle in Time”. I just might have to revisit it now.
    As for first literary crush, mine was Thad from “You Never Can Tell” by Ellen Conford. Oh how he made me long for love. ❤

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