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You know how there was that one book that got you reading and made you love it? For me it was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. The entire Time Quartet was one of my favorite series for years. I recently bought the entire series at the used book store around the corner to read to Trevor. Looking through a PEOPLE magazine today I found out that she died in the beginning of this month. I think I would have started crying except I was at work. Just..... you know, it was that sort of book for me. Still is.

from CNN.com

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) -- Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose novel "A Wrinkle in Time" has been enjoyed by generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88.

L'Engle died Thursday at a nursing home in Litchfield of natural causes, according to Jennifer Doerr, publicity manager for publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Newbery Medal winner wrote more than 60 books, including fantasies, poetry and memoirs, often highlighting spiritual themes and her Christian faith.

Although L'Engle was often labeled a children's author, she disliked that classification. In a 1993 Associated Press interview, she said she did not write down to children.

"In my dreams, I never have an age," she said. "I never write for any age group in mind. When people do, they tend to be tolerant and condescending and they don't write as well as they can write.

"When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work."

"A Wrinkle in Time" -- which L'Engle said was rejected repeatedly before it found a publisher in 1962 -- won the American Library Association's 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children's book. Her "A Ring of Endless Light" was a Newbery Honor Book, or medal runner-up, in 1981.

In 2004, President Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal.

"Wrinkle" tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist.

L'Engle followed it up with further adventures of the Murry children, including "A Wind in the Door," 1973; "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," 1978, which won an American Book Award; and "Many Waters," 1986.

I want to know, what was the book that made you love reading? What does it still mean to you. I have dozens that made me like it, Charlotte's Web, Bridge to Terabithia, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, etc, etc. But as far as LOVE went, it started wit Meg Murry and thinking that I would never like warm milk and it would never, ever make me sleepy.



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Sep. 19th, 2007 01:20 pm (UTC)
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. when I was littler, my dad would read to me every night and he read this one to me. By the time we got to the end of the book, I was reading fluently (Well, I had trouble with "the"). I could read prior to this, but it was my first chapter book. I remember reading the last chapter. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is the same. As well as The 21 Balloons. Nowadays I love To Kill A Mockingbird.
Sep. 19th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
wow. i had no idea. and i have had so many love affairs with books i don't know for sure, but i think maybe that A Wrinkle In Time was my first amazing book.
Sep. 20th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
The books for me WERE Harry Potter.
It just makes them even more special.
Sep. 20th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
As for LITTLE KID books, nothing can replace "Sleep Squirrel", "Cat in the Hat", "Are you my mother?", and Berrenstein Bears.
Clifford was pretty hardcore too.
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