Great stories are often times the unexpected and the most peculiar ones. Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Award winning classic A Wrinkle In Time follows the journey of Meg Murry, with her brother and her friend, through space and time to find her missing father.
Before A Wrinkle In Time was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, it had been rejected 26 times for its unlikely plot. Considering the target audience was young readers, some publishers didn’t get why L’Engle involved complicated concepts of physics and mathematics in her story. Additionally, she had chosen a female protagonist in a science fiction story, which was unheard of back then. Furthermore, the female protagonist was more than just a protagonist; Meg Murry represented women who were interested in science, technology, and mathematics. In many ways, L’Engle empowered women of all ages to pursue a career in a field mainly consistent of men. Through Meg, L’Engle encourages women to break the norm and shatter the glass ceiling.
With its gaining popularity, A Wrinkle In Time hasn’t escaped the public’s scrutiny. In some places it has been banned and criticized due to the book’s theological themes—some thought it blasphemous, some thought it too religious. American Library Association (ALA) listed A Wrinkle In Time as one of the 100 books that were commonly challenged and banned from 2000 to 2009. But as Salman Rushdie put it simply, “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist”.
Great literature encompass and stands the test of time. A Wrinkle In Time goes beyond the adventure, the science, and the mathematics; A Wrinkle In Time shows how love transcends time and space.