Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle was an American writer best known for her young adult fiction, particularly the Newbery Medal-winning 'A Wrinkle in Time' and its sequels. Her works are often categorized as science fiction and fantasy and are imbued with themes of spirituality and personal growth. L'Engle's writing style is noted for its exploration of complex concepts and emotions, making her a beloved author among readers of all ages.


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  1. 1. A Wrinkle In Time

    The novel follows the story of a young girl named Meg Murry, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O'Keefe as they embark on a cosmic journey to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father. The father, a scientist, has been missing since he discovered a new planet using the concept of Tesseract, which is a wrinkle in time. Guided by three mysterious celestial beings, the children travel across different dimensions, face evil forces, and learn about the power of love and self-sacrifice.

  2. 2. A Swiftly Tilting Planet

    In this science fiction-fantasy novel, the protagonist embarks on a time-traveling quest to prevent a global catastrophe. Guided by a unicorn, the protagonist uses a powerful rune to mentally leap through time and space, inhabiting the lives of different people throughout history who are connected to the present-day threat. As the protagonist influences the actions of these individuals, the narrative weaves a complex tapestry of interconnected events, emphasizing themes of family, love, and the interconnectedness of all things. The story challenges the protagonist to understand the ripple effects of actions across time, ultimately aiming to alter the course of history to save the world from impending doom.

  3. 3. The Summer Of The Great Grandmother

    The book is a poignant reflection on the complexities of aging and familial love, as the author recounts the summer when her mother faced the debilitating effects of old age and dementia. Set against the backdrop of a family's summer home, the narrative weaves together personal memories, family history, and philosophical musings on life and death. As the matriarch's health declines, the family grapples with the challenges of caregiving and the inevitable approach of loss, all while cherishing the moments of clarity and connection that shine through the shadows of her fading cognition. The work is a tender, introspective exploration of the bonds that hold families together through the trials of time and the cycle of life.

  4. 4. A Wind In The Door

    In this fantastical science fiction novel, a young girl embarks on an extraordinary adventure to save her ailing brother. With the help of a few peculiar friends, including a cherubim and a teacher who transforms into a dragon, they journey into the microscopic universe within the brother's cells. There, they face the malevolent force of Echthroi, creatures determined to spread chaos and unmake the fabric of reality. As the protagonists confront challenges that test their courage and understanding of the universe, the story delves into themes of love, sacrifice, and the interconnectedness of all life, ultimately revealing that the fight to maintain balance and harmony is as much internal as it is external.

  5. 5. Many Waters

    In the novel, two teenage brothers accidentally travel back in time to the era just before the biblical flood. Stranded in a pre-deluvian world filled with seraphim, nephilim, and other mystical beings, they find themselves embroiled in the lives and struggles of the people of that time. As they search for a way back to their own time, they encounter love, temptation, and the impending catastrophe of the great flood, learning valuable lessons about responsibility and the complexity of human nature along the way.