Friday, July 6, 2012

Fiction Friday!


I'm linking up with Amanda at The Teaching Thief today for my first Fiction Friday!  And the book that I want to mention today is a classic, but I'm continually surprised by how many people have maybe heard about it, but have never read it - A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L'Engle - it's one of my absolute favorite books!! 

If I remember correctly, my mom suggested it as a book for me to read in 4th grade for an optional, special program my school did called the Literary Society.  If you chose to participate, there were so many literature-based tasks that we had to complete (i.e. memorize and recite a short poem, read a Caldecott book and design a poster, read a biography, read a Newbery book and do a book report, write a poem, etc) and if you completed all those tasks, you were considered to be a "member" in the literary society, and I'm sure there was some sort of incentive that accompanied it as well.  But ANYWAY, I read this book as my Newbery book, and absolutely loved it!

Even students today can relate to the 3 main characters - Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin.  Meg struggles with self-acceptance and feeling like she's not anything special; Charles Wallace is constantly made fun of by adults and the kids in his school for being "different", and Calvin struggles with relating to his own family - all similar issues that students today have to deal with.

The plot centers on these three, and the book begins with the classic "It was a dark and stormy night" introduction.  The children meet three mysterious visitors, and must go on a quest and battle evil forces to be able to rescue Meg and Charles Wallace's father from the frightening planet of Camazotz.

This book would work great as a read-aloud, or for independent reading.  And the best part? It's part of a whole group of books that center on the Murry-O'Keefe families through a few different generations. :)


  1. This book is fantastic!

    Have you read When You Reach Me? If not, you should! They mention A Wrinkle in Time a lot in that book. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. I love A Wrinkle in Time! The Giver and a Wrinkle in Time are perfect for discussing utopian societies or even go perfect with studying like Greece and Rome. Thanks for stopping by.

    The Idea Backpack

  3. My students have always loved this one and I can't believe I've never read it myself. I need to get on that this summer!
    iTeach 1:1

  4. I am so glad you stopped by my blog. I love finding new blogs and really love finding blogs from teachers of ESL or special education. I love reading about the experiences in these classrooms and I always gain a better understanding of such concepts. Cannot wait to read more from you.

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  5. A Wrinkle in Time is one of my all-time favorite books! The book Jill mentioned is good too - reminded me of Wrinkle a lot!

    Mrs. Castro's Class

  6. Ack! I'm embarrassed. I am one of those people that hasn't read this book. I have heard of it though. In fact, it has been sitting on my bookshelf for YEARS! I'm moving it to my bedside table tonight. Thanks for linking up and sharing great books!!

    The Teaching Thief