Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time

I know, I know, two posts in one day. You should all be so lucky!

I read this book today and I really liked it. A little odd but a great story. A young girl named Meg is an outsider at school, looked upon as kind of dumb, but in reality she is quite smart, she just gets frustrated by not being able to do her homework the faster way (she is particularly good at math). Her parents are scientists and her father has not been seen or heard from in about 1 year. Meg's younger brother is also thought of as a "moron" because he doesn't talk around the townsfolk, but he is actually an amazingly brilliant 4 year old who has the vocabulary of a college professor. They make friends with a local popular boy who is also very smart and all three have special gifts. They are taken on a quest to find Meg's father and save him from the grasp of an evil they have never experienced before. Classic good versus evil, but quite a good Christian take with references to Jesus and God. I liked this book. Quick read, great message.

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Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

I really enjoyed reading “A Wrinkle in Time” when I was much younger and then I read it again with my boys a few years ago and I got much more out of it. In fact we read the entire series of books (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time).

“A Wind in the Door" was my favorite and was a remarkable effort for a sequel. Combining metaphysics, Old Testament creations, and the microcosmic building blocks of life, that book teaches us that sometimes growing up and getting older is necessary. Think of this story as the anti-Peter Pan, if you will. You should read it if you get a chance. These are great books to read as a family. We would read them for Family Home Evening activities and match the themes up with the scriptures. It’s nice when you can kill three birds with one stone and incorporate literature, reading skills and scripture study with one activity.

I’m enjoying your take on all these books. The YA Lit books, most of which I read as a youth, is making for interesting thoughts. I keep thinking back on how old I was when I read a certain book and its interesting to think about what my perceptions were then versus what they are now. Reminds me of a favorite quote for the movie You’ve Got Mail, “when you read a book as a child it becomes part of your identity in a way that no other reading does.” I really believe that. That is why reading “GOOD” books and studying the scriptures from an early age is so important for kids. Sorry for the dissertation in your comment section.

Oh, one more thing, here is a Web site that was recommended to Brien by his English teacher last year and I find it helps me with my homework too. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/index2.html

hyker said...

You could post every hour, on the hour, and I wouldn't complain.