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A swiftly tilting planet
L'Engle, Madeleine.
Children's Fiction L'ENGLE

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Michelle said:
L'Engle explores many time-travel ideas in this 70's novel, showing that she owns at least part of that market. Throughout "A Swiftly Tilting Planet," we see how the actions of even one person can have effect on the future. The "back to the future" idea is well paced and thought out. The implications of one's actions become painfully--and gloriously--clear. In this case, a madman has threatened to set off a nuclear weapon. The Murray family once again gets entangled in fantastic adventure as Charles Wallace and Meg unite to offset the coming evil. Charles, with the support of his older sister and the help of a unicorn, travels to different time periods to avert disaster. Along the way, he must deal with the demonic Echthroi, crazed leaders, and jealous family members. The book picks up speed towards its satisfying climax. I particularly enjoyed the unicorn nesting ground. L'Engle's imagination is in full flight here. To be honest though, I had a difficult time getting started on this story, primarily because of Meg's sudden jump in age and her less prominent role in the story. Overall, though, I was fascinated by the fight for survival and the powerful spiritual messages. Some have scorned L'Engle's broad-minded metaphysical ideas; I personally think she explores other realms in a way that always makes it clear humans are subordinate to their maker.
posted Apr 9, 2004
Naomi said:
This book was terrific! I highly recommend it if you're looking for a science-fiction story. It was about a young boy of fifteen who had to go back and forth in time with a unicorn named Guidor in order to save the world from desruction. Along the way he learned that the slightest change in for better or for worse can can change the entire corse of history. It was an exciting adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
posted Apr 9, 2004
George said:
This book was very cool. It was about this kid named Charles Wallace who goes on Planet Adventures and turns into other people. Then his mother-in-law dies, but i liked it anyways. [Sequel to: A Wind in the Door; Sequel: Many Waters]
posted Nov 29, 2004 at 7:52PM
Linda said:
This book is full of different thrilling tales that are interwined into one big story from the past that could change the present. This book is science fiction and I liked the idea of unicorns being able to travel through time and other interesting ideas. Some small parts are not clearly explained.
posted Jun 6, 2005
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