Kids Fiction Friday: A Wrinkle in Time

Read this classic before the new movie comes out!

Here's a look at the upcoming Disney movie, A Wrinkle in Time, based on the book by Madeleine L'Engle . It's directed by Ava DuVernay, who directed grown-up movies such as Selma and The 13th. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon ( Monsters v. Aliens ), Mindy Kaling ( Inside Out) , Chris Pine ( Wonder Woman ), and Oprah Winfrey.

You never know for sure if the movie version of a book is going to be good, even if there is a lot of great talent involved. But no matter how the film turns out, it gives more attention to the book. As the movie gets closer, our copies are guaranteed to get checked out more. But you can avoid the rush next spring by getting into Wrinkle now.

The book is a combination of science fiction and fantasy: The characters go to different planets and learn about at least five dimensions, but there are also good witches (Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which) and magical creatures. At the center of it all is a story about a troubled girl and her little brother trying to find their missing father.

So, some fantasy stories have big amazing heroes with gifts and magic items and prophecies about them, and you don't have to worry too much about them, because they're the Chosen One. This is not one of those. Meg Murray is a great hero exactly because she's pretty ordinary, at least when she compares herself to those around her. Her brothers are more normal. Her mother is beautiful while Meg isn't (at least, not yet). Friends and family members are smarter, or more athletic, or they have fantastic powers. If you've ever felt like Meg, or had a friend who doesn't believe in themselves, you'll be right there with her as she faces impossible odds. In the end, no matter how many powerful and caring friends she has, it's all up to her against a terrible...

Oh boy...

Okay, so even now, years after I first read A Wrinkle in Time , I still get a case of the shudders thinking about IT -- one of the all-time great bad guys in chapter books. I won't spoil what IT is or what IT does to Meg's family -- and an entire planet -- but I remember how creeped out I was. IT taught young Tom that there are some things worse than death.

But Meg taught me that no matter how bad things seem, even us ordinary people have a powerful way to fight evil.

Created by Thomas Kochinski on Jul 12th, 2017 @ 3:24 PM.
Updated on Jul 15th, 2017 @ 1:53 PM.