I facilitated a junior high book discussion on the novel A Wrinkle in Time. I thought I had read this book when I was young, but I do not think it did. I did not recall any of the details. If I did read, I obviously missed much of the symbolism packed into the novel.
I found the students either really loved this book or really did not. The ones that did not felt the book was "weird" and "dated." I suspect if they had followed the brief reading guide I posted, more connections to "today" would have been made.
Two of the students (it was a small group--even smaller if you consider those who actually read the book) were able to have fabulous conversation . . . the whole point of a book club. They enhanced my reading experience; hopefully this experience was reciprocated. One of the young ladies had read the other three books. I didn't enjoy the book THAT much to read further . . . unless I could tesser to library land for a while!
I chose A Wrinkle in Time for our book club for several reasons:
1) The novel is echoed in the 2010 Newbery winning novel Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me.
2) It is the 50th anniversary of L'Engle's publication.
3) It is a Newbery winner (1963) and a "classic" still taught in some curriculum.
4) The novel contains a subtle Christian theme.
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