Young Readers time travel with L’Engle’s classic ‘Wrinkle’



Meg Murry is a young girl with plain looks, dismal grades and a stubborn attitude that hasn’t gained her many friends outside her own family.

Madeleine L’Engle’s story A Wrinkle in Time follows Meg’s journey of self-discovery in a quest to find her father, who mysteriously disappeared two years ago. The CLSC Young Readers will discuss L’Engle’s classic at 4:15 p.m. today in the Alumni Hall Ballroom.

Teresa Adams, assistant director of the Department of Education and Youth Services and director of Special Studies, chose the science-fiction novel for its connection to Week One’s theme, “Our Elegant Universe.”

“Thinking of classics and realizing this week’s theme, I couldn’t resist,” Adams said.

Throughout the novel, Meg learns about her own strengths and weaknesses and how to use both to her advantage. Young Readers will discuss the lessons learned throughout the novel, as well as the concept of time travel.

Special Studies instructor Ruth Wahl will perform experiments with the readers that demonstrate the speed of light, which relates to the book’s focus on time travel. Adams said her goal is to have as many faculty members as possible participate in the weekly book discussions and plan an activity to enhance the readers’ understanding of the novel.