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Honoring 'A Wrinkle'

Susan Notes:

Katherine Paterson is being entirely too modest. She does indeed disturb the universe. I wish we had a few officers at NCTE who could learn something about principle and grit from her. For starters, they could read The Great Gilly Hopkins.

Meanwhile, let us all celebrate the 1963 Newbery winner A Wrinkle in Time, rejected by twenty-six publishers before one had the nerve to bring it out. Since childhood, I haven't warm much to fantasy, nor to science fiction. But when I read A Wrinkle in Time, I immediately insisted that my husband read it.

Wrinkle has a Facebook page.

Here is a fuller account of the Symphony space celebration from Publishers Weekly

In Scholastic Parent and Child ranking of 100 greatest books for kids, Wrinkle came in third. It is interesting to scan such lists. But don't take it too seriously. No book is great if the kid doesn't want to read it.

by Marshall Heyman

[T]his week A Wrinkle in Time celebrated its 50th anniversary. In turn, a new edition of Madeleine L'Engle's classic has been released with bonus material and a graphic novel will come out in October. Symphony Space held a celebration that included a panel discussion by some of the young-adult greats: Lois Lowry (The Giver); R.L. Stine (the Goosebumps series); Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia); and Rebecca Stead (When You Reach Me).

A character in When You Reach Me, which won the 2010 Newberry Medal, is reading A Wrinkle In Time, and Ms. Stead, who lives on the Upper West Side, said she was very protective of Ms. L'Engle's book. She hasn't reread it as an adult.

"I don't want to wreck it," Ms. Stead said. "To use a Robert Heinlein term, it's Grocked. I've eaten it, it's inside me."

Mr. Stine, who also lives on the West Side, said that if he were to ask Ms. L'Engle one question, it would be " 'Where do you get your ideas?' Just to be really annoying."

(That's what kids always ask him, he explained.)

Ms. Paterson was once on a panel with Ms. L'Engle. "I was afraid of her," she recalled. "She was tall and thin and very dignified. The topic of the panel was 'Do You Dare Disturb the Universe.' She said, 'Of course you must.' Me, I hardly dare disturb my Springer Spaniel."

— Marshall Heyman
Wall Street Journal



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