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What 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.
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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 in A WRINKLE IN TIME. 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, 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.
Talk to your kids 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?
- 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
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 17
- Number of pages: 392
- Available on: Hardback
- Award: Newbery Medal and Honors
- Last updated: March 15, 2021
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