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A Swiftly Tilting Planet [Paperback]

By Madeleine L'Engle (Author), L'Engle Madeleine (Author) & Madeleine L'Engle (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.56" Width: 5.04" Height: 0.79"
Weight:   0.44 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 1980
Publisher   Yearling
ISBN  0440401585  
EAN  9780440401582  
UPC  071009505506  

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Meg Murry O'Keefe and her family are just sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner when her father gets a phone call from the White House about a madman's threat of nuclear war. Only an old Irish rune seems to hold a clue to averting worldwide disaster, and and when Meg's brother Charles Wallace, now fifteen, recites it, a radiant white beast--the unicorn Gaudior--appears to join him on his quest. But there are only twenty-four hours in which to stop tragedy from occurring. Can Charles Wallace, with the help of Gaudior and Meg, possibly succeed?

Fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace Murry, whom readers first met in A Wrinkle in Time, has a little task he must accomplish. In 24 hours, a mad dictator will destroy the universe by declaring nuclear war--unless Charles Wallace can go back in time to change one of the many Might-Have-Beens in history. In an intricately layered and suspenseful journey through time, this extraordinary young man psychically enters four different people from other eras. As he perceives through their eyes "what might have been," he begins to comprehend the cosmic significance and consequences of every living creature's actions. As he witnesses first-hand the transformation of civilization from peaceful to warring times, his very existence is threatened, but the alternative is far worse.

The Murry family, also appearing in A Wind in the Door and Many Waters, acts as a carrier of Madeleine L'Engle's unique message about human responsibility for the world. Themes of good versus evil, time and space travel, and the invincibility of the human spirit predominate. Even while she entertains, L'Engle kindles the intellect, inspiring young people to ask questions of the world, and learn by challenging. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) was the Newbery Medal-winning author of more than 60 books, including the much-loved A Wrinkle in Time. Born in 1918, L'Engle grew up in New York City, Switzerland, South Carolina and Massachusetts. Her father was a reporter and her mother had studied to be a pianist, and their house was always full of musicians and theater people. L'Engle graduated cum laude from Smith College, then returned to New York to work in the theater. While touring with a play, she wrote her first book, The Small Rain, originally published in 1945. She met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, when they both appeared in The Cherry Orchard.

Upon becoming Mrs. Franklin, L'Engle gave up the stage in favor of the typewriter. In the years her three children were growing up, she wrote four more novels. Hugh Franklin temporarily retired from the theater, and the family moved to western Connecticut and for ten years ran a general store. Her book Meet the Austins, an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1960, was based on this experience.

Her science fantasy classic A Wrinkle in Time was awarded the 1963 Newbery Medal. Two companion novels, A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (a Newbery Honor book), complete what has come to be known as The Time Trilogy, a series that continues to grow in popularity with a new generation of readers. Her 1980 book A Ring of Endless Light won the Newbery Honor. L'Engle passed away in 2007 in Litchfield, Connecticut.

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.

Madeleine L'Engle has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Austin Family
  2. Crosswicks Journal
  3. Crosswicks Journal
  4. Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet
  5. Wheaton Literary
  6. Writers' Palette Book

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Power Versus Love  May 28, 2008
The title of this book caught my attention. I've read none of the others in the series, with the exception of A Wrinkle In Time many years ago. The story was slow drawing me in, but once "Within" it was a good read. Teenage Charles Wallace, his sister Meg, and a Unicorn named Glaudior ("more joyful") work together to save the earth from annihilation, traveling back in time to different places to change something that "might have been." The thematic contrast between dominance and interdependence (power vs. love) runs all through the story. The plot was hard to follow on occasion because of the frequent changes in time and setting, but on the whole an enjoyable and worthwhile story--for adults as well as children.
enjoy fantasy  May 9, 2008
Although this is not a new book, it is still timely and enjoyable to spark a trip in the imagianation..
WOW  May 4, 2008
The Wrinkle in Time Quintet Boxed Set (A Wrinkle in Time, A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, An Acceptable Time)
I had never read these books as a child, I wish I had having read them now. The complexity of the characters and the incredible nature of the plots are real page turners.
Forward to the past!  Jan 27, 2008
In Madeleine L'Engle's first Time Quintet book, A Wrinkle in Time, she took her readers on a mind-bending trip through space. In the sequel, A Wind in the Door, she looked at scale, as the heroes found universes within universes. In the third book, A Swifting Tilting Planet, it is time itself that is played with.

Once again, the principal characters are Meg and Charles Wallace Murry. It is around a decade since the previous books, and Meg is now married to Calvin O'Keefe and very pregnant. It is Thanksgiving, but Calvin is away at a conference, leaving the Murry family alone with Calvin's nasty mother. When word comes in that a mad South American dictator has threatened the world with nuclear war, the older Mrs. O'Keefe suddenly recalls an ancient rune, that is a spell that can be invoked to avert disaster. The use of this rune will send Charles off on a bizarre adventure to stop the dictator while Meg is relegated to the sidelines as an observer.

With the aid of a time-traveling unicorn named Gaudior, Charles Wallace will go back in time to go "Within" certain key figures. Going Within means sensing all that the person senses, with minimal influence on their behavior. The people who Charles Wallace goes Within are O'Keefe ancestors who are also related to the dictator through family ties that span centuries and go from Wales to the United States to the Patagonian country Vespugia. It is through witnessing - and perhaps subtly altering - this history that Charles Wallace hopes to create a change that will somehow avert nuclear oblivion. Standing in his way are the demonic Echthroi from A Wind in the Door as well as the rivalries within the families themselves.

Though technically children's literature, these books can also appeal to adults; in fact, it is possible that the complicated ideas in them could be intimidating to some younger readers. Personally, I find A Swiftly Tilting Planet, like its predecessors, a good book, though not necessarily meriting classic status (and it is not necessary to read the earlier books; each stands alone). If you have enjoyed the previous books, then this one should also be entertaining.
A Swiftly Tilting Planet  Oct 21, 2007
Another book in the series of 5 books. It is excellent and one of my favorite authors. I read the first book as a child and have now reread it and am reading the rest of the series.
These books apply to all ages and the characters and stories are amazing!
I highly recommend these books to everyone!!

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