A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel



Sensitive adaptation of classic sci-fi adventure.

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Educational value

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic science fiction adventure for young readers. It uses the theories of Albert Einstein to provide a rationale for fast travel between distant points. Famous quotations from history and literature are often used in the dialogue.

Positive messages

A Wrinkle in Time emphasizes the importance of bravery, perseverance, curiosity. and empathy. The plot demonstrates the value of nonconformity. Above all, the book celebrates the power of love, which is demonstrated to be the key to overcoming evil.

Positive role models

With their physicist father mysteriously missing, the Murry family is regarded as odd, especially angry, awkward Meg and other-worldly Charles Wallace. But when it comes time to travel to another planet to rescue their father, Meg and Charles Wallace find that their differences allow them to persevere and ultimately triumph.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time fully captures the magic of the original novel. The story of the Murry family emphasizes the importance of bravery, perseverance, curiosity, and empathy, and the plot demonstrates the value of nonconformity. Illustrator/adapter Hope Larson excels at depicting both the cosmic scope of the tale and the intimate personal actions that put the science-fictional elements into perspective. There's virtually no objectionable content.

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What's the story?

One dark and stormy night, the Murry family is visited by three strange figures, who send them on a mission to find Mr. Murry, a missing government physicist. Joined by their friend Calvin O'Keefe, Meg and Charles Wallace travel to the planet Camazotz via tesseract, a wrinkle in space-time that allows fast travel between distant points. As the children search for Mr. Murry, they encounter all manner of weird creatures and face off against a cosmic force that threatens not only them but the universe as a whole.

Is it any good?


A longtime critical and popular favorite, A WRINKLE IN TIME adapts well to the strictures of the graphic novel. Adapter/illustrator Hope Larson succeeds in capturing both the tale's cosmic scope and the smaller, intimate moments between characters that put the big questions of good and evil into perspective. Although not a replacement for Madeleine L'Engle's beloved original novel, the comics version of A Wrinkle in Time should appeal to a wide variety of readers, young and old.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this graphic novel adaptation compares with the original novel of A Wrinkle in Time. Have you read other graphic novel adaptations of well-known books? 

  • Why do some children seem "strange" to other people? Should those children try to be more like everyone else?

  • Are people happier when they don't have to make decisions for themselves? Does conforming to a strict set of rules and roles have a benefit for people?

Book details

Authors:Madeleine L'Engle, Hope Larson
Illustrator:Hope Larson
Genre:Science Fiction
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Great girl role models, Misfits and underdogs, Space and aliens
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:October 2, 2012
Number of pages:392
Publisher's recommended age(s):10 - 17
Available on:Hardback
Award:Newbery Medal and Honors

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