A Swiftly Tilting Planet

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Dell, 1978 - Juvenile Fiction - 278 pages
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In this companion volume to "A Wrinkle In Time" (Newbery Award winner) and "A Wind In The Door" fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace's sister, Meg--grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother's thoughts and emotions by "kything"--goes with him in spirit. But in overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all. "L'Engle's gifts are at their most impressive here." -- "Publisher's Weekly" "From the Paperback edition."

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A great introduction to the genre for any child. - LibraryThing
Another thing that displeased was the ending. - LibraryThing
Identify the insight and truths about the protagonist. - LibraryThing
The plot is vague, as far as any ultimate goal goes. - LibraryThing
Stars for Characterization) Age: Middle School - LibraryThing
It's indelibly woven into the plot, even. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - amydelpo - LibraryThing

Re-read this with the kids in mind, and it was even more wonderful than I remembered. Its political commentary feels as relevant now as ever, and who wouldn't want to be Meg, who saves herself from the awful It with the power of her brain and her critical thinking? Read full review

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User Review  - Andymcclellan_93 - LibraryThing

I am not a huge sci-fi fan, admittedly. However, I really enjoyed this book. I think it is a great book for anyone who doesn't feel like they have a place in the world. A really important and relatable book, which for me is very refreshing for the sci-fi genre. Read full review


In this fateful hour
Alt Heaven with its power
The sun with its brightness
The snow with its whiteness
The fire with all the strength it hath
The lightning with its rapid wrath
The winds with their swiftness 249
The sea with its deepness
The rocks with their steepness
The earth with its starkness
All these I place
Between myself and the powers of darkness

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About the author (1978)

Author Madeleine L'Engle was born in New York City on November 29, 1918. She graduated from Smith College. She is best known for A Wrinkle in Time (1962), which won the 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children's book. While many of her novels blend science fiction and fantasy, she has also written a series of autobiographical books, including Two Part Invention: The Story of a Marriage, which deals with the illness and death of her husband, soap opera actor Hugh Franklin. In 2004, she received a National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush. She died on September 6, 2007 of natural causes. Since 1976, Wheaton College in Illinois has maintained a special collection of L'Engle's papers, and a variety of other materials, dating back to 1919.

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