Welcome to the third and final Online Book Club discussion of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.
Were you able to finish the book this week? It was a really fast read, and I really enjoyed it. I'm so confused as to why I never finished it the other times I attempted to read it!
Once the kids entered into the CENTRAL Central Intelligence Building, they faced many hardships. The man with the red eyes was terrifying, wasn't he? Could you believe how he was able to get into their heads? It was interesting that each child had to scream something different out loud to break his hypnotizing rhythm. Do any of you have any memorized poems or facts that you think would have helped you keep your mind strong against the man with the red eyes? Were you hoping that Charles Wallace wouldn't submit and allow the man to take over his mind? I couldn't believe how immediate Charles Wallace's transformation was once he let the man enter his brain.
Were you surprised how easy it was for Calvin and Meg to actually rescue Mr. Murry? It seemed like it was more difficult to save Charles Wallace than it was to rescue Mr. Murry. What did you think about the planet and the beasts the crew encountered once Mr. Murry tessered them away from IT? Aunt Beast sure turned out to be a kind creature.
One of the saddest details in this section was that the little boy who was bouncing the ball out of rhythm in the last section was tortured for his inability to move like everyone else. Did you catch that? I guess the thought was that if he was punished, he would learn to act like everyone else.
Are any of you interested in reading the next books in the series now that you have read this first one? Check out A Wind in the Door if you want to read the next installment.
If you're curious to see the planets from the book, check out this hand painted map by artist Andrew DeGraff. He imagined what all the planets might have looked like and mapped each character's journey through them. It's pretty interesting to see!
And, if you're curious to read Madeleine L'Engle's speech she gave after she won the 1963 Newbery Medal for A Wrinkle in Time, read the transcript.
I hope you enjoyed the book this month, and I can't wait to hear what you thought of the ending. Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment. We'll be taking the next two weeks off, but I hope you'll join us again January 7 as we read Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. I hope to hear from you in the comments!