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Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time

By John Rodgers 

With books dedicated to self-help and DIY projects as well as a Library of Things that contains items like sewing machines and musical instruments to borrow, the public library is a paradise for New Year’s resolution makers. But sometimes, the solution is as simple as, “Why not join a book club?” The Sequoyah Regional Library System offers plenty of those, with the R.T. Jones Memorial Library’s Eclectics Book Club on January 9 at 6:00pm, the Ball Ground Public Library’s Adult Book Club on January 10 at 6:00pm, and the Woodstock Public Library’s Themed Book Club on January 28 at 10:30am. But what about younger readers? Tweens ages 10 and older can visit the R.T. Jones Memorial Library’s new Tween Book Club on January 31 at 4:45pm to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. 

Decades before the Harry Potter book series, A Wrinkle in Time was a favorite among young readers seeking imaginative and fantastical thrills. The story follows a young outcast named Meg, the daughter of two scientists. When Meg’s father goes missing, she, her brother Charles, and their friend Calvin encounter a mysterious trio who take them on an intergalactic adventure that involves “wrinkling” time and encountering an unexpectedly evil being. 

While readers may feel obligated to experience A Wrinkle in Time purely due to its “classic” status, many will be delighted to learn that it holds up despite the hype. It is recommended for the young and young at heart who are more likely to stick with Meg even during her journey’s most confusing twists and turns. 

Tweens who have read A Wrinkle in Time (or watched the TV or film adaptations) can attend the R.T. Jones Memorial Library’s Tween Book Club meeting to share their thoughts. To register for this and other free library book clubs (and to view the recommended title(s) for each club meeting), visit the full event calendar at