1962 **1/2 232 pages
Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time is a celebrated classic of children's fantasy. It's a Newberry Medal-winning book. Maybe I'm missing something because I was bored with it from beginning to end. It was a lot of buildup that really went nowhere. This book suffers from what I call the "V.C. Andrews Effect." It drones on and on for hundreds of pages, only for the climax to happen in about the last five to ten. The characters are drab, their motivations are silly, and only the fantastical elements keep you reading. I'm intrigued by the different worlds, but the characters' plight to save their father just wasn't fleshed out well enough to keep me interested.