"A Wrinkle in Time" begins at the Murray's New England farm on a dark and stormy night, but soon becomes a journey through space and time, first to the planet Uriel and then to the planet Camazotz where the children's father is being held captive. The protagonists travel by means of a "tesseract," a device that folds time and space, allowing travel to distant places and other times.Know More
"A Wrinkle in Time" was written by Madeline L'Engle and first published in 1962. The book was rejected by 26 publishers before being accepted. It went on to win the John Newbery Medal as the best children's book of 1963 and is considered a classic of children's literature. Although stories about time travel were not new, "A Wrinkle in Time" was unusual among children's books for the way it blended elements of science fiction and magical fantasy and for its dark, dystopian undertones.
L'Engle continued the saga of the Murray children, eventually writing four more books in the series: "A Wind in the Door," "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," "Many Waters" and "An Acceptable Time." The word tesseract, incidentally, was first coined in 1888 by mathematician and science-fiction writer Charles Howard Hinton to describe a theoretical four-dimensional cube.Learn more about Fiction
The "Walk" series by Richard Paul Evans is about the spiritual walking journey of Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen after he loses everything in his life. There are five books in the series, each of which advances the plot and tells of life-affirming events that inspire Christoffersen to push on in his journey.Full Answer >
The setting for the short story "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry is Greenwich Village in New York City. It was first released in 1907 in O. Henry's collection of short stories, "The Trimmed Lamp and Other Stories."Full Answer >
The seven elements of fiction include character, theme, plot, point of view, setting, conflict and tone. All of these elements are used to compile and write a fictional story or a piece of literature.Full Answer >
The story of "Beowulf" is a tale of a Scandinavian warrior, Beowulf, who offers to eliminate the monster Grendel as payback for a favor the Danish King once did for Beowulf's father. Grendel has been terrorizing a Danish kingdom by invading its prized banquet hall and eating its residents. After Beowulf kills Grendel, Grendel's mother seeks vengeance, and Beowulf must defeat her as well.Full Answer >