Fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace, hero of "A Wrinkle in Time", is time-travelling again. This time he is involved in a bid to avert a tragedy ...Show synopsisFifteen-year-old Charles Wallace, hero of "A Wrinkle in Time", is time-travelling again. This time he is involved in a bid to avert a tragedy threatening to engulf the world. Charles and the unicorn, Gaudior, face the ultimate test of fate. From the author of "The Young Unicorns".Hide synopsis
A Swiftly Tilting Planet (MacMillan Publishing Company) – Hardcover (1993)
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Hardcover, MacMillan Publishing Company 1993
Large type / large print.
ISBN: 1560547103 ISBN-13: 9781560547105
The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.The youngest of the Murry children must travel through time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy the entire universe.Hide
Description:Good. Teen Fiction. US: MacMillan Publishing Company. Paperback....Good. Teen Fiction. US: MacMillan Publishing Company. Paperback. By the author of A WRINKLE IN TIME Book Description The youngest of the Murry children must travel throug h time and space in a battle against an evil dictator who would destroy th e entire universe. Editorial Reviews Review Fifteen-year-old Charles Wall ace 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 ch ange one of the many Might-Have-Beens in history. In an intricately layere d and suspenseful journey through time, this extra ordinary young man psych ically enters four different people from other eras. As he perceives throu gh their eyes "what might have been, " he begins to c omprehend the cosmic s ignificance and consequences of every living creature 's actions. As he wit nesses first-hand the transformation of civilization f rom peaceful to warr ing times, his very existence is threatened, but the al ternative is far wo rse. The Murry family, also appearing in A Wind in the Door and Many Water s, act s as a carrier of Madeleine L'Engle's unique message about human res ponsibi lity for the world. Themes of good versus evil, time and space trav el, and the invincibility of the human spirit predominate. Even while she entertain s, L'Engle kindles the intellect, inspiring young people to ask q uestions o f the world, and learn by challenging. (Ages 9 and older)--Emil ie Coulter--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From School Library Journal Grade 5-9. This recording complete.
This third installation (or fourth, in character chronology) of the L'Engle's Time Quintet may actually be my favorite. In it, the teenage Charles Wallace is called upon to travel back in time and merge with different people, trying to change the course of the future at points where things "might-have-been." All this is in a desperate attempt to prevent nuclear disaster threatened by a South American dictator.
I always found this book to be more intricate and therefore slightly more engrossing than the two previous, in the way that Charles Wallace must visit many points in time to unravel and re-spin the chain of events leading to the present day. It emphasizes once again themes of interconnectedness, and how the smallest event, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can affect all of time going forward.
Once again the language is smooth and effective, but seems to have gained just the slightest in complexity. There also seem to be additional shades of gray throughout the characters in the book, making things more complicated than they were in "Wrinkle" and "Wind." This is one book I'll gladly come back to again and again.
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