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Violence & Scariness
Some cosmic battling. Characters take a frightening journey into another galaxy where they must take part in a cosmic battle in order to save Charles Wallace and themselves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the highly original plot and memorable characters appeal to a wide group of readers. The vocabulary and ideas are inventive, and the story promotes the importance of loving relationships. While some of the science is made up, the trip inside Charles Wallace's body is a mini-lesson in cell biology.
Is It Any Good?
With believable characters and a suspenseful plot, this is arguably the best of the sequels to the classic A Wrinkle in Time. This is the second of Madeleine L'Engle's Chronos Quartet novels featuring the Murry family and their journeys through time and space. In some books in the Quartet, the hypersensitive, loving, and gifted Murry children speak and act like people much older or younger than their given years. Here they face enough real-kid problems, such as Charles Wallace's torment at the hands of school bullies, to seem real.
The three trials Meg must pass are interpersonal; her ability to communicate love is tested. Some scenes are long on dialogue and short on action; "too many talky scenes" was one 12-year-old's only negative comment. Yet there are enough surprises to sustain the suspense, and the ideas that drive the scenes are interesting. This is a rewarding book with generous helpings of the L'Engle magic.
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