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A Swiftly Tilting Planet [Paperback]

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Pages   309
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.2" Height: 7.7"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
ISBN  0312368569  
EAN  9780312368562  

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The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.

"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."

A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Madeleine L'Engle was the author of more than forty-five books for all ages, among them the beloved A Wrinkle in Time, awarded the Newbery Medal; A Ring of Endless Light, a Newbery Honor Book; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, winner of the American Book Award; and the Austin family series of which Troubling a Star is the fifth book. L'Engle was named the 1998 recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards award, honoring her lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Ms. L'Engle was born in 1918 in New York City. She wrote her first book, The Small Rain, while touring with Eva Le Gallienne in Uncle Harry. She met Hugh Franklin, to whom she was married until his death in 1986, while they were rehearsing The Cherry Orchard, and they were married on tour during a run of The Joyous Season, starring Ethel Barrymore.
Ms. L'Engle retired from the stage after her marriage, and the Franklins moved to northwest Connecticut and opened a general store. After a decade in Connecticut, the family returned to New York.
After splitting her time between New York City and Connecticut and acting as the librarian and writer-in-residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Madeleine L'Engle died on September 7, 2007 at the age of 88.

Madeleine L'Engle lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Madeleine L'Engle was born in 1918 and died in 2007.

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great read  Apr 13, 2010
Meg Murray back once again draws us into her wonderful trilogy. Fascinating sci-fi concepts with great characters to carry on the great story line.
Not the best, but ok  Feb 14, 2010
After reading "A Wrinkle in Time" and "A Wind in the Door", I was hyped about reading the next book,"A Swiftly Tilting Planet". But the hype was drained out of me as i read it. It wasn't the gripping book i thought it would be. I expected it to be like the first two books, exciting, suspenseful. But it was very cliche. I didn't like that Charles Wallace continually went into different peoples bodies and live in different times. It was very redundant. Though the point of it all was captivating, i still thought it was very dreary and repetitious. This book is the least recommeded. But this is my opinion-- you go out and read it.
Beautiful book.  Feb 5, 2010
I first read A Wrinkle in Time, and enjoyed it. I read A Wind in the Door next, and loved it. The first time I read A Swiftly Tilting Planet, I wasn't too impressed. I wasn't as invested in the characters Charles Wallace "goes Within" as the primary characters, although the idea of that process was fascinating and well depicted. This book is much more dense than its two prequels, and I wouldn't give it to as young of a child to read as I would the others. However, having read it a few times and as I've matured myself, I have come to appreciate this book very much. It deals with real-life issues (although I don't think nuclear war is as present a threat as it once was), ranging from world politics to intra-family tensions and violence. The implication of the interdependence of the universe is, in my opinion, a much-needed lesson today. Each individual matters, and their choices affect more than you can tell. In summary, while this book requires a more focused read than the somewhat simpler (though still quite thoughtful) predecesors, it contains many ideas of beauty, danger, and love that make it a book that I come back to read again and again.
Weak plot, strong characters and creative concepts  Dec 27, 2009
I started this book a few months ago, but put it down because I found the magical-kids-saving-the-world-from-nuclear-holocaust plot to be cheesy--even flimsy. But I picked up the book again a few days ago and gave it a second shot, this time with more satisfaction.

Although I still found the save-the-world plot to be cheesy and weak--not really emotional or believable--Madeleine L'Engle offers this book some incredible strengths: a magically unusual creativity and some uniquely beautiful characters. That's what kept me going, because I honestly couldn't have cared less about "saving the world" from Mad Dog Branzillo. (And I'm all for saving the world, don't get me wrong!)

In terms of her creativity L'Engle really has something special. She thinks differently from most people--in such a rich way. The strength of her creativity allowed me to enjoy a book that easily could have become fragmented as it jumped all over the place through time and space.

I also especially loved the connection between Charles Wallace and Meg. I found their deep psychic bonding (kything) to be inspiration--and a potential model for us all.

On the flip side, though, I didn't like L'Engle's message about having children as a means of salvation (she loves that idea), nor her idea that family is so wonderful. If we really want to save the planet, it's not going to come through traveling through time with unicorns and rewriting history (as L'Engle espouses), rather, through looking within ourselves, breaking from the lies and sickness of our family of origin, and getting fully real and honest with ourselves--and NOT having kids until we've done all this.
My least favorite book in the trilogy.  Dec 6, 2009
I periodically reread this trilogy. More specifically, I frequently reread A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in the Door. Even as a child, I had the most mixed feelings about A Swiftly Tilting Planet. I was curious how I would experience it now.

And the answer is: I still don't love it. At least not in the same way. Meg is very incidental here, and despite Charles Wallace's specialness throughout the book I (kind of obviously) preferred Meg. I also missed having Calvin as a character, although his mother makes for an interested addition. I like that L'Engle felt the need to question the way that she drew his family as trailer trash in the earlier books.

Mostly, I'm uncomfortable with the biology as destiny side of the novel. The notion that the wrong father = a bad baby sits wrongly with me. Even as a child, I felt some uncomfortable sympathy with the "bad" siblings and cousins in this book. That feeling got worse as an adult.

My passion for the trilogy as a whole remains what it is. Even in my least favorite installment I still remembered it well enough to recite large passages word for word from memory. This just isn't my favorite of the three. To be honest, compared to the other books I would probably give it three stars. But it gets four since I just can't bear to give one of L'Engle's novels less.

(Note: I'm aware that there were eventually five books set in the world. But I haven't read the last two. A trilogy it was when I was a kid, and to me it is still a trilogy.)

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