#15. Madeleine L'Engle's Time Series

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"It's much too wild a night to travel in."

"Wild nights are my glory," Mrs. Whatsit said. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course."

"Well, at least till your socks are dry--"

"Wet socks don't bother me. I just didn't like the water squishing around in my boots. Now don't worry about me, lamb." (Lamb was not a word one would ordinarily think of calling Mrs. Murry.) "I shall just sit down for a moment and pop on my boots and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

Author: Madeleine L'Engle

Synopsis: Meg Murry doesn't fit in at school. She can ace any math work but doesn't care much about other subjects; she also spends a lot of time in the principal's office, and is always ready to physically defend her little brother, prodigy Charles Wallace. Her father has disappeared. When Charles Wallace introduces her to three unusual women, and fellow genius Calvin O'Keefe joins the adventure, Meg finds herself on many-dimensional journeys to save her father and brother, in which she must learn to move beyond herself through love.

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I've only read the first three of the Time quintet, but loved those. A Wind in the Door is my favorite, probably due to the concept of Naming. It has been years since I read the third installment--like, probably 20 years--so I ought to read that again, and I should probably look up the last two, but A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door are so good that the series had to make this list.


  1. Yes! A Wind in the Door is my favorite, too. I've read 4 of the 5. The concept of naming is great, and it informed some of what I wrote in my book about Harry Potter. (Think naming fears, naming Voldemort, etc.)

  2. I believe you, Travis! I'm still reading through your book, by the way ... it's excellent. There's so much to digest; I have to read a few sections and then think it all over.

    Here's a link to Travis's book, in case anyone is interested: Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way between Two Worlds


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