L'Engle's classic offers refuge
by Martha Zimmer
(Eastford, CT, USA)
A Wrinkle In Time
Science fiction was my favorite kind of book in my preteen years. What a way to escape an unhappy home life and be far, far away!
Then I discovered L'Engle. The children were not perfect. Their home life was less than ideal, and yet...and yet there was something going on under the surface, and when they found out what it was, their lives were completely changed.
It was an incredible adventure of good versus evil, where evil was defeated by love.
Transported by A Wrinkle In Time
by LaVada Davis
(New Albany, IN., U.S.A.)
Transported to a magical place from a very unmagical one.
I wasn't a happy child. My mother and I didn't like each other much. We do now. I'm sure it was a personality-clash thing going on.
And, I was number five in a family of six children -- three of the eldest being boys that like to pick on me. There was always someone around and something going on. I just wanted to be left alone to read or write or think.
I was, however, a voracious reader. I know I read the Nancy Drew series of books and many, many others, but there are only two books from my childhood that I've never forgotten. One of them is A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
I must have read the book when I was 10 or 11 years old.
A Wrinkle In Time allowed me to go to imaginary places in time and space. I was transported out of my unhappiness and environment to a magical sphere. I could identify with Meg's insecurities and her quest with Charles, her younger brother, to find their father, who had been gone for so long.
When I saw that Easton Press had the books, I had to have them. I didn't realize that A Wrinkle In Time was the first of four books in a series. I had only read Wrinkle, the first.
When I received the books, I read all of them -- A Wrinkle In Time, again, and the last three for the first time. Then I passed all four along to my granddaughter. I hope she enjoys A Wrinkle in Time as much as I did and will use the set to start her own library. She (along with her dad) will be following in my footsteps.
LaVada Davis is a retired systems analyst, actress and singer. In addition to designing software for advertising agencies, she has also written user documentation, company manuals, advertising and promotional materials, short stories, and more. LaVada also wrote the lyrics for a musical, Bettin' On the Robert E Lee, and won the Best Actress award in the production. She now focuses on helping other writers with proofreading and editing services and is working on publishing a children's book.