Michael Pena

'A Wrinkle in Time' review: Disney's space odyssey leads to Oprah and beyond

'A Wrinkle in Time' review: Disney's space odyssey leads to Oprah and beyond

“You’re given the form,” one of the celestial mentors says in Madeleine L’Engle's “A Wrinkle in Time.” “But you have to write the sonnet yourself.”

This is how L’Engle described a free-will sort of life, in the novel she began in 1959. She endured 26 publishing rejections, got it into print in 1962 and saw it zoom around the world in 35 different languages. In its long shelf life, “A Wrinkle in Time” has taught millions of children and adults about the evils of conformity, the anguish of losing a parent (temporarily, in this case) and the gratifying return to the comforts of home. Meg Murry is the 13-year-old heroine at its heart.

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