It’s a legendary line that has been used in books since 1830. But for me I associate that line with what was one of my favorite books in childhood.
I was in the 4th grade the first time I read those words in the opening paragraph of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. It’s the first book in her famous science fiction series and was published in 1962. I was 9 years old when the first time I was instantly drawn into the world of Meg Murray. Maybe it was because we shared the same name. Or maybe because I felt like a misfit a lot of time, the same as Meg. Maybe I adored this book because it was about time and space and things I loved. And maybe, just maybe, I loved it simply because for once I was reading an adventure sci-fi book where the lead character, was a girl.
Whatever the reason, in those first few pages I was drawn into a world that would forever change my life.
I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I wrote my first story, but it was somewhere around the time I read A Wrinkle In Time the first (of many times). I wrote about a girl who discovered a cave that enabled her to travel through time. It was the beginning of my life long passion for reading AND for writing. And it was in huge part due to the profound effect Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time had on me.
To this very day I STILL own that very first copy of A Wrinkle in Time. It meant enough to me to keep it close by though my childhood, my teen years and into adulthood through many moves and life changing events. Now I sit here in my 30s, with that book sitting right beside me. Full of excitement as I get ready to draw my own children into the world of Tesseracts and science and magic.
Monday February 13, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of a Wrinkle in Time (after 26 rejections of course…). So this week, celebrate by picking yourself up a copy of A Wrinkle in Time from the library or your local bookstore and reread or read for the first time one of the greatest books ever written.
“A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”